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Updated: 14 April 2015
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.
- Height: 166 millimetres
- Width: 144 millimetres
- Depth: 133 millimetres
Inscription Positionon shoulder
Inscription Content一醉何坊 時風嵗認
Inscription Transliterationyizui hefang shifeng suiren
Inscription Translation“Why not have one drink?”
“The customs of the day are recognised by the [passing of] time”
Published PDF date : 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
Medley 1977 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection
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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Object reference number: RRC39251
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