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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.

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    • 11thC-12thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Diameter: 171 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11th-12 centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 244

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 15 and p. 306 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 51, pl. L(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.14, no.19 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.33, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.43, no.26 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.46, no.24 bibliographic details
    • Hobson & Hetherington 1923 pl. LXXVII, fig. 2 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A pp 32-33, no.10 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 pp 37-38, no.244 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp.76-77, no.73 bibliographic details
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    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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