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  • Description

    Yue stoneware bowl with shallow curving sides. The bowl has a silver-green glaze. There are two phoenixes and a jewel incised in the centre, a plant scroll around the rim, and overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 850-907
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Diameter: 175 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Translation

      • Inscription Comment

        Character yong (eternal) incised on the base.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Five dynasties 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 262

    Dish with two phoenixes chasing a jewel

    Potters carved this dish with overlapping lotus petals outside. Silver and gold workers made vessels in this form. The phoenixes, an auspicious emblem, incised on the inside may have been adapted from chiselled metalwork designs. In the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907), craftsmen at the Yue kilns introduced saggars (clay fire boxes) to protect vessels during firing and their use improved the quality of output dramatically. Indeed, Yue wares are the first ceramics to feature in Tang texts. Officials praised them, likening them to jade and recommending their use for tea. This dish is incised with the character 永 (yong ‘eternal’) on the base.

    Stoneware with incised decoration and inscription and thin green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Tang dynasty, about AD 850–907PDF 262





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 3 and p. 305 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 39, pl.XXXVIII(b) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 70, no. 68 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.10, Fig.2 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.11, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.33, no.4 (and interior) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.36, no.17 (and interior) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.42, no.262 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.5, no.262 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.69, no.54 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a pp 22-23, no.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc52/s1

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