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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.21

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware square dish, with flattened rim with bisected corners. The dish has a dark grey body covered in thick grey-green glaze with close, irregular crackle stained black with some brown. The base is glazed and the footrim unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22 millimetres
    • Width: 137 millimetres
    • Depth: 136 millimetres
    • Width: 107 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 110 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A21

    Square dish with guan-type glaze


    Green glazed wares are known as celadons in English, 青瓷(qingci) in Chinese and青瓷 (seiji) in Japanese This square dish is covered with a crackled celadon glaze imitating Southern Song dynasty guan wares (AD 1127–1279).


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.29, no.A21 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.54, no.A21 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.21

Guan-type square dish, with flattened rim with bisected corners. Dark grey stoneware body covered in thick grey-green glaze with close, irregular crackle stained black with some brown. Base glazed and rim of foot unglazed.

Guan-type square dish, with flattened rim with bisected corners. Dark grey stoneware body covered in thick grey-green glaze with close, irregular crackle stained black with some brown. Base glazed and rim of foot unglazed.

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