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    PDF.272

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware dish with five-lobed rim and curving sides. The dish has grey-green glaze with dark stained crackle. There are incised prunus spray and crescent moon just visible under the glaze, unglazed moulded motifs in the centre of a rock with prunus tree, and a crescent moon painted with black, brown and white unfired pigments.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1300-1368
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 millimetres
    • Diameter: 172 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

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    Dish with prunus and crescent moon


    This dish with five-lobed rim is incised with a prunus spray and crescent moon. Floated on the glaze in the centre are sprig-moulded biscuit fired motifs of a rock with prunus tree and a crescent moon. These designs are coloured with white, brown and black slip. The dish has probably been in a fire or has been over-fired as the glaze is heavily cracled. This design is rare but there is another undamaged example in the British Museum’s collections.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised, slip and applied moulded biscuit-fired decoration and crackled celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Yuan dunasty, AD 1300–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 62 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.30, no.87 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.45, no.272 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case5/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.272

Longquan stoneware dish with five-lobed rim and curving sides. The dish has grey-green glaze with dark stained crackle. There are incised prunus spray and crescent moon just visible under the glaze, unglazed moulded motifs in the centre of a rock with prunus tree, and a crescent moon painted with black, brown and white unfired pigments.

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