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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.62

  • Description

    Guan stoneware bowl constructed in two parts with inner bowl and outer container, both of which are lobed with five petal-shaped sections in the form of a prunus flower. The bowl has a grey body and bluish-grey glaze with crackle stained dark grey on the underside. Where exposed the body is reddish. The foot rim is unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC-13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 millimetres
    • Diameter: 192 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A62

    Offering bowl with five lobes


    This vessel has five lobes and an inner bowl as a liner. The stepped rim may suggest that it was stackable. It is comparatively thickly potted and covered with a relatively thin blue-grey, crackled glaze. Archaeologists record a great variety of forms. Guan ware is known in seventy vessel shapes. These include table wares, objects for daily use, decorative and ritual objects. Potters employed technology which was a fusion of northern and southern practices to create these guan wares.


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Southern Song dynasty, AD1127–1279

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.38, no.A62 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.69, no.A62 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case54

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 May 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and stabilise the durty crack

    Condition

    Dirty surface and unstable crack

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with distilled water and a 5% *SYNP* solution, using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. After cleaning, surface rinsed with distilled water applied with the steamer.

    The crack had been cleaned with Sepiolite (magnesium silicate clay) and IMS, and rinsed with distilled water applied with the steamer.

    Surface wiped with a dry Kleenex tissue to remove any remaining distilled water.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.62

Guan stoneware brush-washer or offering bowl constructed in two parts with inner bowl and outer container. Both are lobed with five petal-shaped sections in the form of a prunus flower. Grey body covered in bluish-grey glaze with crackle stained dark grey on the underside of vessel. Foot rim unglazed and body reddish where exposed.

Guan stoneware brush-washer or offering bowl constructed in two parts with inner bowl and outer container. Both are lobed with five petal-shaped sections in the form of a prunus flower. Grey body covered in bluish-grey glaze with crackle stained dark grey on the underside of vessel. Foot rim unglazed and body reddish where exposed.

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