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  • Description

    Cizhou-type stoneware bottle with everted rim, and four small handles near the mouth. The bottle is cream with dark brown lower half. There are boys with flowers and an inscription painted on the upper exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1115-1234
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 248 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On body
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Translation

        Benevolence and Harmony Tavern
      • Inscription Comment

        Ye Zhimin, A History of Chinese Ceramics 中國陶瓷史,Beijing 2006, p. 250 lists a series of five other taverns whose names appear on Cizhou flasks.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 316

    Wine bottle with boys holding leafy branches and an inscription

    Cizhou wares are coarse-bodied, non-imperial ceramics, made at diverse sites in northern China. They derive their name from the production centre Cixian, 40 kilometers southwest of Handan. Potters painted this wine decanter with small boys holding leaves and the inscription 仁和館 (renhe guan ‘Benevolence and Harmony Tavern’). Archaeologists excavated a similar Jin dynasty (AD 1115–1234) bottle from a canal site at Liuzi, Suixi county, Huaibei city, Anhui province. Yuan dynasty copies were also made but are of poorer quality.

    Stoneware, iron-pigmented brown slip, cream slip and transparent glaze
    Cizhou ware 磁州窯
    North China 中國北部
    Jin dynasty, AD 1115–1234PDF 316





  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2011 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 52 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.35, no.114 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc12/sh4

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