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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.60

  • Description

    Ru ware brush-washer. The brush-washer has an ash grey body and blue-grey glaze with lavender tone and fine crackle stained grey in places. There is an impressed or incised motif on the interior. There are three tiny oval spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1125
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 millimetres
    • Width: 142 millimetres
    • Depth: 97 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A60

    Oval brush-washer with pairs of fish


    Craftsmen in Henan achieved a technical triumph in making this thinly potted brush-washer. They fully glazed the brush-washer before firing it on a support with three prongs which has left just three tiny unglazed sesame seed-shaped marks within a depressed circular area on the base. Inside, two fish, a rebus for abundance, are incised in the clay beneath the glaze. Both the oval form of this brush-washer and the incised decoration make them incredibly rare, even within this exceptional group. Sherds of related wares have been excavated at Qingliangsi, the main Ru ware production site in Baofeng County, Henan.


    Stoneware with incised decoration and celadon glaze
    Ru ware 汝窯
    Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省, 寳豐縣, 清凉寺
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 1086–1125

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.38, no.A60 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.68, no.A60, colour, p.17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case53

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and redo fill on chip.

    Condition

    Badly coloured and lumpy brown resin fill of a chip on the rim of the washer.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with acetone, using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. After cleaning surface wiped with Kleenex tissue to remove the remaining solvent. The brown lumpy fill was removed using acetone swabs and a scalpel, which was then steam cleaned.

    Missing areas filled with Fynebond mixed with fumed silica and pigments. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.60

Ru ware brush-washer. Ash grey stoneware body covered in blue-grey glaze with lavender tone and fine crackle stained grey in places. Impressed or incised motif on inside . Base glazed with three tiny oval spur marks.

Ru ware brush-washer. Ash grey stoneware body covered in blue-grey glaze with lavender tone and fine crackle stained grey in places. Impressed or incised motif on inside . Base glazed with three tiny oval spur marks.

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