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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Jian stoneware bowl, with silver-bound mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze with metallic 'hare's fur' streaking.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1279
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 71 millimetres
    • Diameter: 122 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : SongRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 303

    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. Its rim is bound in silver.

    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 1127–1279PDF303





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 44 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.36, no.121 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.44, no.22 (centre) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.52, no.37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc12/sh2

  • Acquisition name

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Jian stoneware bowl, with silver-bound mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze with metallic 'hare's fur' streaking.

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