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Updated: 14 April 2015
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.
- Made in: China (North)
- Height: 248 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn body
Inscription TranslationBenevolence and Harmony Tavern
Inscription CommentYe 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.
Published PDF date : 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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 1115–1234
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Object reference number: RRC38733
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