Guan stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides. The dish has a dark brown body covered in translucent bluish-grey glaze with many bubbles, and some crackle on the base, which has been stained. Where exposed in firing, the body is reddish. There is an incised character on the base. The base is glazed and the foot rim unglazed.
- Made in: Hangzhou
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Hangzhou)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Diameter: 162 millimetres
- Diameter: 59 millimetres (base)
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TranslationLiterature or culture
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Lobed dish with guan glaze and inscription
This dish is incised with the character 文 wen meaning ‘Literature or Culture’. 官(guan ‘official’) stonewares such as this dish are characterised by a thin, dark clay body and a luscious celadon glaze with tiny bubbles and a distinctive crackle.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Guan ware 官窯
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省，杭州市
Qing dynasty, about AD 1723–1735
Shallow Guan stoneware dish with sloping sides. Dark brown body covered in translucent bluish-grey glaze with many bubbles. Some crackle on the base, which has been stained. Base glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body reddish. Incised character on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39291
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