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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.46

  • Description

    Guan stoneware foliated dish in the form of a chesnut flower with eight petal-shaped foliations. The dish has a dark grey body and thick clear blue glaze with wide, fine golden brown crackle. The base is glazed and the foot rim unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1279
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 millimetres
    • Diameter: 168 millimetres
    • Diameter: 100 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A46

    Eight-petal lobed dish


    The shape of this dish is refined. Each petal lobe is curved and indented to create a naturalistic mallow flower form. Similar dishes made of silver were recovered from a Southern Song dynasty hoard of gold and silver wares at Pengzhou, Sichuan 四川,彭州. The glazer has left his fingerprints in the glaze on the base, a tantalising and rare trace of the craftsman’s hand. Writers described guan ware as having 紫口鐵足(zikou tiezu ‘purple mouth and iron foot’), referring to the dark purplish-grey body showing through the glaze where it runs thin at the rim and to the ferrous-brown colour of the unglazed foot.


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Southern Song dynasty, AD1127–1279

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 23 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.35, no.A46 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.40, no.16 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.49, no.28 (right) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.54, no.40 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.64, no.A46 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.88, no.108 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 38-39, no.13 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case54

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.46

Jun stoneware dish in form of eight-petalled flower with rounded sides. Stoneware body covered with thick pale blue glaze. Pale olive green where the glaze runs thin at the rim and on raised foliations. Glazed base with three spur marks.

Jun stoneware dish in form of eight-petalled flower with rounded sides. Stoneware body covered with thick pale blue glaze. Pale olive green where the glaze runs thin at the rim and on raised foliations. Glazed base with three spur marks.

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