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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.245

  • Description

    Yaozhou stoneware bowl with everted rim. The bowl has light olive green glaze. There are bunches of lotus and water plants tied with a ribbon impressed on the interior, with inscriptions.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 195 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        三把蓮
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Three bunches of lotus'
      • Inscription Comment

        Three cartouches containing a single character which taken together read San ba lian (Three bunches of lotus).
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northeern Song/Jin dyansty 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 245

    Dish with characters and lotus


    Potters employed a reusable carved intaglio mould to produce this dish which sped up the production process. Three bunches of lotus plants tied with ribbons are shown with other water plants inside and with three cartouches each framing a single character which together read 三把蓮 (san ba lian ‘three bunches of lotus’). A sherd with a similar design, dating to the late Northern Song was excavated at Tongchuan city, Shaanxi province where this was made.


    Stoneware with moulded decoration and olive-green glaze
    Yaozhou ware 耀州窯
    Huangpuzhen, Tongchuan city, Shaanxi province 陕西省, 銅川市, 黄堡鎮
    Northern Song to early Jin dynasty, about AD 1050–1150

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 17 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 51, pl. L(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.14, no.21 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.38, no.245 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.45, no.28 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.46, no.25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.245

Yaozhou stoneware bowl with everted rim. The bowl has light olive green glaze. There are bunches of lotus and water plants tied with a ribbon impressed on the interior, with inscriptions.

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