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funerary urn

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.258

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware funerary urn of an ovoid form with two small lugs on the shoulders and a tubular neck expanding to a dished mouth. The lid is shaped as a lotus leaf. The urn has uneven greyish green glaze. There are incised vertical lines dividing the vase into six panels. There is an inscription on the body.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1080
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 383 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        With the prayer that this vessel will hold fragrant wine for hundreds and thousands of years; That I may have a thousand sons and ten thousand grandsons; That they may be wealthy and live long lives; That they may enjoy good fortune and happiness; On the fifteenth day of the nineth month of leap year in the third year of the Yuanfeng period. I have fired this vessel, signed by Liang Yingcheng
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song, 1080 ADRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 258

    Funerary jar and cover with inscription


    Funerary jars of this type have been excavated at the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province. They continue the tradition of Yue wares. This example may have been made at Jincun which fired Yue-type wares in the Five Dynasties to Northern Song Period. The inscription has been translated ‘With the prayer that this vessel will hold fragrant wine for hundreds and thousands of years; That I may have a thousand sons and ten thousand grandsons; That they may be wealthy and live long lives; That they may enjoy good fortune and happiness; On the fifteenth day of the nineth month of leap year in the third year of the Yuanfeng period. I have fired this vessel, signed by Liang Yingcheng’.


    Stoneware with incised inscription, carved and applied decoration and pale-green glaze
    Longquan ware 龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Northern Song dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1080

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p. 13, no.16, pl. II bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 180, pl. CLXXIX bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.29, no.3 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.41, 258, colour p. 27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.258

Longquan stoneware funerary urn of an ovoid form with two small lugs on the shoulders and a tubular neck expanding to a dished mouth.  The lid is shaped as a lotus leaf. The urn has uneven greyish green glaze. There are incised vertical lines dividing the vase into six panels.  There is an inscription on the body.

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