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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.32

  • Description

    Guan stoneware dish with sloping sides and six-lobed rim. The dish has a dark grey body covered with translucent greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle, stained brown in areas, and a rim bound with copper alloy at a later date. Where exposed, the body has turned reddish-brown in firing. There is an incised inscription on the base. The base and the foot are glazed and the foot rim unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1279
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 195 millimetres
    • Diameter: 64 millimetres (base)
    • Weight: 0.3 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        鐡足冰紋火氣蠲
        口分六出體規圓
        較於瓶斝猶多見
        華者脆和樸者堅
        乾隆丙申夏御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tiezu bingwen huoqi juan
        koufen liu chu ti gui yuan
        jiao yu ping jia you duojian
        huazhe cui he puzhe jian
        Qianlong bingshen xia yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        It has an iron foot and a crackled ice pattern from its high firing. Its rim is six-petalled like a sunflower, and its body round. This form is not so rare as vases and cups. Objects of beauty are fragile, but those with simple strength endure.
        Composed by Qianlong in the summer of the bingshen year [AD 1776] and written by the emperor.
      • Inscription Comment

        Same inscription found in 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷八十九
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
      • Inscription Comment

        carved in intaglio (陰文 yinwen)
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guxiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
      • Inscription Comment

        carved in relief ( 陽文 yang wen)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A32

    Guan ware dish with inscription on the base


    The incised inscription on the base reads: 鐡足冰紋火氣蠲, 口分六出體規圓, 較於瓶斝猶多見, 華者脆和樸者堅 乾隆丙申夏御題 Tiezu bingwen huoqi juan, koufen liu chu ti gui yuan, jiao yu ping jia you duojian, huazhe cui he puzhe jian
    Qianlong bingshen xia yuti It has been translated as: It has an iron foot and a crackled ice pattern from its high firing. Its rim is six-petalled like a sunflower, and its body round. This form is not so rare as vases and cups. Objects of beauty are fragile, but those with simple strength endure. Composed by Qianlong in the summer of the bingshen year [AD 1776] and written by the emperor.
    The seal at the end of the inscription reads 古香 (guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’).


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Southern Song dynasty, about AD 1127–1279

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.22, no.13 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 31-32, no.A32, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 57-58, no.A32 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.32

Guan ware dish with sloping sides and six-lobed rim. Dark grey stoneware body covered with translucent greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle, stained brown in areas. Rim bound with copper alloy band at a later date. Base and foot glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed, body has turned reddish-brown in firing. Incised inscription on base.

Guan ware dish with sloping sides and six-lobed rim. Dark grey stoneware body covered with translucent greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle, stained brown in areas. Rim bound with copper alloy band at a later date. Base and foot glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed, body has turned reddish-brown in firing. Incised inscription on base.

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