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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.72

  • Description

    Guangdong stoneware brush-washer in form of flower with four large and four small lobes, four short feet, and a lizard in relief on the underside. The brush-washer has a buff body and green-grey glaze with some crazing. There is an impressed oval seal on the base. The base is glazed and the base of the feet unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1949
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 millimetres
    • Width: 176 millimetres
    • Depth: 156 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A72

    Leaf-shaped brush washer with a lizard on the back


    Like other successful ceramic-producing centres, Shiwan is too hilly for a flourishing farming industry, but has plentiful supplies of wood to fuel the kilns and is close to a network of rivers for easy transportation of finished goods. This brush washer is an amusing item for the scholar’s desk.


    Stoneware grey-green glaze
    Shiwan (pronounced Shekwan in Cantonese) ware石灣窯
    Foshan, Nanhai county, Guangdong province, 廣東省, 南海縣, 佛山
    Qing dynasty to Republican Period, about AD 1800–1949

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.40, no.A72 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.70, no.A72 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.72

Guangdong stoneware Brush-washer in form of flower with four large and four small lobes and four short feet. Impressed oval seal on base with spotted lizard in relief. Buff body covered in green-grey glaze with some crazing. Base glazed and bases of feet unglazed.

Guangdong stoneware Brush-washer in form of flower with four large and four small lobes and four short feet. Impressed oval seal on base with spotted lizard in relief. Buff body covered in green-grey glaze with some crazing. Base glazed and bases of feet unglazed.

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