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  • Museum number

    PDF,A.33

  • Description

    Jun stoneware model of flying figure in the form of a fairy (xian) or flying deity (apsaras) with hands together in front and legs floating behind, supported by conical base. The model has thin, opaque dark bluish grey glaze with fine crackle. The rim of the conical base is unglazed and the exposed body has turned reddish in the firing.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 960-1127
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 32 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jin dynasty 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A33

    Figure in the form of a flying immortal


    The function of this small apsara or flying immortal is unclear. It may be a sculpture in its own right rather than a lid from a vessel. It is incredibly rare.


    Stoneware with green glaze
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 960–1127

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.32, no.A33, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.58, no.A33 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

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    PDF,A.33

Jun-type model of flying figure in the form of a fairy (xian) or flying deity (apsaras) with hands together in front and legs floating behind. Supported by conical base. Stoneware body covered in thin, opaque dark bluish grey glaze with fine crackle. Rim of conical base unglazed and exposed body has turned reddish in the firing.

Jun-type model of flying figure in the form of a fairy (xian) or flying deity (apsaras) with hands together in front and legs floating behind. Supported by conical base. Stoneware body covered in thin, opaque dark bluish grey glaze with fine crackle. Rim of conical base unglazed and exposed body has turned reddish in the firing.

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