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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.292

  • Description

    Yue stoneware bowl fragment. The bowl has grey-green glaze. There is an inscription and five spur marks on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 978
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 129 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太平戊寅
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Taiping wuyin
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in AD 978
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 978 ADRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 292

    Part of a bowl with inscription


    This sherd from the lower part of a Yue stoneware bowl has a very rare date inscription incised into the grey clay body before glazing. It reads 太平戊寅 (Taiping wuyin ‘ AD 978’). It was fired on a setter on its base. Five spur marks are visible.


    Stoneware with incised inscription and grey-green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Northern Song, dated equivalent to AD 978

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.12, no.13 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.52, no.292 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.292

Yue stoneware bowl fragment. The bowl has grey-green glaze. There is an inscription and five spur marks on the base.

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