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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Jian stoneware bowl. The bowl is covered on the interior and exterior almost to the foot with black iron spotted glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC-13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 90 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : SongRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 301

    Tea bowl with ‘oil-spot’ 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 oil-spot because of the paler ‘oil-on-water’ effect of over the rich iron-brown glaze.

    Stoneware with iron brown glaze and iron-brown spots
    Jian ware 建窯
    Jianyang county, Fujian province 福建省, 建陽縣
    Southern Song dynasty, AD 1127–1279PDF 301





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 10 and p. 306 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 82, pl. LXXXI bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.31, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.33, no.108, pl. XII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.44, no.22 (right) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.51, no.36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc12/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Purchased in Japan and is aid to have come from a Korean Temple.

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  • Registration number


Jian stoneware bowl. The bowl is covered inside and outside almost to the foot with black iron spotted glaze.

Jian stoneware bowl. The bowl is covered inside and outside almost to the foot with black iron spotted glaze.

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