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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.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 59 millimetres
- Diameter: 175 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn base
Inscription CommentCharacter yong (eternal) incised on the base.
Published PDF date : Five dynasties 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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 850–907
- Medley 1975 Colour pl. 3 and p. 305
- Hobson 1934 p. 39, pl.XXXVIII(b)
- Pierson 2001 p. 70, no. 68
- Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.10, Fig.2
- Medley 1977 p.11, no.9
- Pierson 2002 p.33, no.4 (and interior)
- Scott 1989b p.36, no.17 (and interior)
- Pierson 1997 p.42, no.262
- Medley 1974 p.5, no.262
- Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.69, no.54
- Scott 1989a pp 22-23, no.3
On display: G95/dc52/s1
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Object reference number: RRC38679
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