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Yaozhou stoneware cylindrical box with straight sides and a low domed lid. The box has olive green glaze. There is a deeply carved peony scroll with four flower heads and a narrow leaf scroll band on the lid, and petal band carved on the sides.
- Made in: Huangpu
- (Asia,China,Shaanxi (province),Huangpu)
- Height: 90 millimetres
- Diameter: 171 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11th-12 centuryRoom 95 label text:
Box carved with peonies
The makers of this box deeply carved four peony flowers into the leather-hard clay, added texture using a comb tool, and then dipped the box into liquid glaze. This glaze pooled in the grooves, creating a contrasting dark and light floral pattern. Potters fired ceramics of this type in saggars within a coal-fuelled kiln. Bureaucrats may have sent items of this quality as tribute to the Northern Song Court. Merchants also traded Yaozhou wares widely. In the Song dynasty, the best kilns were located at Huangpuzhen, near modern Tongchuan city, which then was under the jurisdiction Yaozhou, hence their name.
Stoneware with carved 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 dynasty, about AD 1000–1127
- Medley 1975 Colour pl. 15 and p. 306
- Hobson 1934 p. 51, pl. L(a)
- Medley 1977 p.14, no.19
- Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.33, no.9
- Scott 1989B p.43, no.26
- Pierson 2002 p.46, no.24
- Hobson & Hetherington 1923 pl. LXXVII, fig. 2
- Scott 1989A pp 32-33, no.10
- Pierson 1997 pp 37-38, no.244
- Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp.76-77, no.73
R.L. Hobson and A.L. Hetherington 1923, pl. LXXVII records in the possession of Mr. P. David; Stacey Pierson 1997 records: From the C. T. Loo Collection.
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Object reference number: RRC38661
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