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    Ru stoneware dish. The dish has an ash-grey body covered in translucent blue-grey glaze. There are four tiny elliptical spur marks on the base, which is glazed. Shape distorted in firing.

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    • 11thC(late)-12thC(early)
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    • Height: 20 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11th-12 centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A25

    Misfired Ru ware dish

    Potters in Henan province made Ru wares for just twenty or possibly forty years for the Northern Song court between AD 1086 and 1106 or 1125. Very few examples survive today outside the kiln sites. Ru wares have a slightly under-fired (1200 to 1250 degrees centigrade), thin, pale-grey, stoneware body, with a comparatively thick celadon glaze. Most Ru wares were fired upright in saggars on setters with three or five spurs which left tiny sesame-seed shaped unglazed marks on the base. This dish has distorted during firing and its glaze has failed. That it has been preserved and collected is perhaps testimony to the high regard for Ru ware both in China and by international collectors.

    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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    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.30, no.A25 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.55, no.A25, pl.XII bibliographic details
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Ru ware dish. Shape distorted in firing. Ash-grey stoneware body covered in translucent blue-grey glaze. Base glazed with four tiny elliptical spur marks.

Ru ware dish. Shape distorted in firing. Ash-grey stoneware body covered in translucent blue-grey glaze. Base glazed with four tiny elliptical spur marks.

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