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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.201

  • Description

    Stoneware, possibly Changsha stoneware, ewer with rounded six-lobed body, curving spout and ribbed strap handle. The ewer has a grey-buff body and transparent, crazed, yellowish-brown glaze. There is an incised inscription on the shoulder. The foot rim and mouth rim are unglazed.

  • Date

    • 10thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 166 millimetres
    • Width: 144 millimetres
    • Depth: 133 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on shoulder
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        一醉何坊 時風嵗認
      • Inscription Transliteration

        yizui hefang shifeng suiren
      • Inscription Translation

        “Why not have one drink?”
        “The customs of the day are recognised by the [passing of] time”
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A201

    Inscribed wine ewer


    This wine ewer is incised with an inscription on the shoulder which has then been painted in underglaze iron-brown before covering with a pale iron-pigmented olive green glaze and firing. The inscription reads 一醉何坊 時風嵗認 (yizui hefang shifeng suiren 'Why not have one drink?The customs of the day are recognised by the [passing of] time’). The form of the vessel is modelled on a metalwork prototype, probably silverware. Changsha wares are popular wares, characterised by rather coarse stoneware bodies and thin celadon glazes. They were made for use in China but also exported across Asia and even as far away as Africa during the Tang dynasty.


    Stoneware with incised inscription painted in iron-brown beneath a pale-green glaze
    Changsha ware 長沙窯
    Tongguan kilns, Changsha, Hunan province銅官, 長沙市, 湖南省
    Tang dynasty or Five Dynasties about AD 907–960

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.14, no.18 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.53, no.A201 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc2/sh8

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    6 April 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Fill spout.

    Condition

    The end/tip of the spout was missing. There were also a number of chips located along the rim of the ewer's entrance and the handle had previous come away and had been adhered in place.

    Treatment details

    Missing area filled with Fynebond, microballoons and pigments. A core fill was created first. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1977 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.201

Stoneware ewer with rounded six-lobed body, possibly Changsha ware. With curving spout and ribbed strap handle . Incised inscription on shoulder . Grey-buff body covered with transparent, crazed, yellowish-brown glaze. Rims of foot and mouth unglazed.

Stoneware ewer with rounded six-lobed body, possibly Changsha ware. With curving spout and ribbed strap handle . Incised inscription on shoulder . Grey-buff body covered with transparent, crazed, yellowish-brown glaze. Rims of foot and mouth unglazed.

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