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    Longquan stoneware bowl. The bowl has translucent greyish green glaze. There are overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior.

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    • 13thC-14thC
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    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Diameter: 138 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12h-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 263

    Bowl with lotus petals

    This bowl is decorated outside with a stylised overlapping lotus petal pattern and is a typical product of the southern Longquan kilns. Lotuses are a symbol of purity. Similar bowls were made for a long period in China and many were exported.

    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about 1279–1368


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    • Medley 1977 p.20, no.46 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.37, pl. XXXVI(a) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.43, no.263 bibliographic details
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Longquan stoneware bowl.  The bowl has translucent greyish green glaze. There are overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior.

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