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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.92

  • Description

    Four Ru-type stoneware rectangular test piece samples. The pieces have a buff body, and each piece has slightly different glaze with varying levels of crackle. Glaze applied to one side of pieces, which have been pierced to aid removal from kiln.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 43 millimetres
    • Depth: 36 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A92a-d and A93a-d

    Eight test pieces for the Ru glaze


    Sir Percival David acquired these test pieces in 1938. They are said to have been collected from 林汝縣 Linruxian in Henan province. This is adjacent to寳豐縣Baofengxian where the Ru kilns were located. Similar test pieces have been excavated from the Ru kilns. They are drilled with a central hole so that they could be strung together rather like colour swatches which modern home decorators use. These test pieces illustrate varieties of glaze recipes or the result of different firing temperatures.


    Stoneware with celadon glaze with varying levels of crackle
    Ru ware汝窯
    Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province河南省,寳豐縣,清凉寺
    Northern Song, about AD 1086–1125

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 1999 p.76, no.A92 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 43-44, no.A92 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired in 1938 by Sir Percival David.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.92

Four Ru-type rectangular test piece samples made from buff stoneware. Each piece has slightly different glaze with varying levels of crackle. Glaze applied to one side of pieces, which have been pierced to aid removal from kiln.

Four Ru-type rectangular test piece samples made from buff stoneware. Each piece has slightly different glaze with varying levels of crackle. Glaze applied to one side of pieces, which have been pierced to aid removal from kiln.

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