Yue stoneware bowl with base-gold-bound mouth rim. The bowl has pale greyish green glaze. There are two dragons and a pearl carved in the centre, with carved waves on the exterior and the interior.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 64 millimetres
- Diameter: 148 millimetres
Published PDF date : Five Dynasties-Northern Song 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with a silver rim
This bowl is decorated outside with a carved design of overlapping waves. Inside there are similar waves carved into the sides and in the centre two dragons chasing a pearl. Yue stonewares of this very fine quality with either gold or silver rim bands were sent as gifts and as tribute by the Princes of Wu-Yue to neighbouring princes.
Stoneware with carved decoration, pale grey- green glaze and metal rim mount
Yue ware 越窯
Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
Five Dynasties, AD 907–960
23 April 2009
Reason for analysis
Report on the analysis of a metal band attached to the rim of a Yue stoneware bowl (Five Dynasties period, AD 907-960, Zhejiang province, Registration no. PDF 246)
A Yue stoneware bowl from the Five Dynasties period, AD 907–960, Zhejiang province, China (Registration no. PDF 246) was submitted for analysis of the metal band around its rim. The band is corroded and in poor condition; it has been repaired at several places and is missing at others. It is generally a dark grey/black colour, but areas of brighter silver-coloured metal are visible, especially at breaks. Bands on similar bowls are generally silver or gold.The band was analysed at a number of areas using an Artax X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) fitted with a 0.65 mm collimator, operating at 50kV and 0.8mA. No cleaning of the band was undertaken prior to analysis.The band was found to be silver-based, containing a small amount of copper and with some areas containing trace amounts of lead. However, significant amounts of gold and mercury were also detected, suggesting that the band had been gilded using the mercury gilding (or fire-gilding) method. Close inspection of the rim of the bowl under the binocular microscope revealed small areas of golden-coloured metal were present, presumably the remains of the gilding.
Analysis reference number
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Object reference number: RRC38663
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