Ru stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides. The dish has a pale ash-grey body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with fine crackle and several tiny pin holes. Base and foot glazed with three small elliptical spur marks.
- Made in: Henan (province)
- (Asia,China,Henan (province))
- Height: 34 millimetres
- Diameter: 129 millimetres
- Diameter: 89 millimetres (base)
Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Ru ware brush-washer
This shallow dish-shaped brush-washer is covered in a beautiful green-blue crazed glaze which has incredible depth. It was designed to stand on a writing desk filled with water to cleanse calligraphy or painting brushes. Potters fired Ru wares like this in kilns shaped like mantou (steamed bread buns) fuelled with wood. In AD 2000, more than fifteen kilns were discovered at the edge of the remote village of Qingliangsi, near Baofeng in Henan province. Two workshop areas, together with mounds of kiln debris and broken pots, were also unearthed, testifying to a short but intensive period of celadon production.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Ru ware 汝窯
Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省，寳豐縣，清凉寺
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1125
On display: G95/dc2/sh3
Ru ware dish with flaring sides. Pale ash-grey stoneware body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with fine crackle and several tiny pin holes. Base and foot glazed with three small elliptical spur marks.
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Object reference number: RRC39277
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