Jian stoneware bowl with silver-mounted mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze with metallic 'hare's fur' streaking.
- Made in: Jian
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Jian)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 165 millimetres
Published PDF date : SongRoom 95 label text:
Tea bowl ‘hare’s fur’ glaze
Jian ware tea bowls of this type were much admired in Japan where they were called Temmoku bowls after the Japanese pronunciation of the Tianmu mountains. A legend states that Japanese Buddhist monks visited a monastery in these mountains in China and brought back this type of bowl to Japan. They are characterised by a very dark clay body which fires to an almost black colour and by a luscious, glassy black glaze. This one is compared to hare’s fur because of the paler iron-brown flecks contrasting with the rich iron-brown glaze.
Stoneware with iron brown glaze and iron-brown flecks
Jian ware 建窯
Jianyang county, Fujian province 福建省, 建陽縣
Southern Song dynasty, AD 1127–1279
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Exhibited at the Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1910, (Catalogue, p.18, No.29), and at the Machester City Art Gallery, 1913, (Catalogue, p.86, No.738).'
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Object reference number: RRC38727
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