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pestle / mortar

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.291

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware mortar and pestle. The mortar is bowl-shaped, with carved overlapping petals. The mortar has glossy grey-green glaze on the exterior. The dome-ended pestle has greenish-grey glaze on the handle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 950-1200 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 133 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 291

    Mortar and pestle


    The mortar is incised with lotus petals around the outside and glazed around the outside. The inside is unglazed as on e might expect. Archaeologists excavated a similar mortar bowl and pestle in 1975 from a tomb dated equivalent to AD1175 at Jishui county 吉水縣 on the Gan River near Ji'an city, Jiangxi province. It is debateable whether the pestle and mortar belong together as both are quite different in terms of both body and glaze colour. These are examples of early Northern Song Longquan wares.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 960–1127

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.15, no.24 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.51, no.291 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.291

Longquan stoneware mortar and pestle. The mortar is bowl-shaped, with carved overlapping petals. The mortar has glossy grey-green glaze on the exterior. The dome-ended pestle has greenish-grey glaze on the handle.

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