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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.54

  • Description

    Guan stoneware brush-washer with eight petal-shaped lobes. The brush-washer has a dark greyish-brown body and yellowish-grey glaze with close crackle stained dark grey in some areas. There are six small round spur marks on the base, which is glazed, as is the foot.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1300
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 millimetres
    • Diameter: 124 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A54

    Brush washer


    Jin soldiers overthrew the Northern Song court in AD 1127. Emperor Song Gaozong (ruled AD1127–1162), his family and staff fled from their capital in Bianjing (Kaifeng) and established a new government in the south in Lin’an (Hangzhou). He established an official guan kiln there to recreate Ru wares (case 53). 官(guan ‘official’) stonewares such as this brush-washer are characterised by a thin, dark clay body and a luscious celadon glaze with tiny bubbles and a distinctive crackle.


    Stoneware with crackled pale blue-green glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Laohudong, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 老虎洞窯, 浙江省, 杭州
    Southern Song to early Yuan dynasty, about AD 1127–1300

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.36, no.A54 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.66, no.A54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case7/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.54

Guan stoneware Brush-washer with eight petal-shaped lobes. Dark greyish-brown body covered in yellowish-grey glaze with close crackle stained dark grey in some areas. Base and foot glazed and six small round spur marks on base.

Guan stoneware Brush-washer with eight petal-shaped lobes. Dark greyish-brown body covered in yellowish-grey glaze with close crackle stained dark grey in some areas. Base and foot glazed and six small round spur marks on base.

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