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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.26

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC(late)-12thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 millimetres
    • Diameter: 129 millimetres
    • Diameter: 89 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A26

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.30, no.A26, pl.XII bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.5, pl.lV(a) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.55, no.A26 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.26

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.

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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