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Jun stoneware offering bowl, with gourd-shaped holes cut into outer walls, through which eight figures, possibly Daoist immortals, are visible. The bowl has pale grey-blue glaze with purple 'splashes' on the exterior. Where exposed, the body is red. The outer base is unglazed.
- Made in: Yuxian
- (Asia,China,Henan (province),Yu Xian)
- Height: 92 millimetres
- Diameter: 181 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song or Jin dynasty 12thC, redated 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Jun offering bowl on a high foot
Jun wares are characterised by opalescent blue, purple or even green glazes. Potters decorated the dry, unfired glaze with copper-rich pigment, to create a purple in-glaze splashed effect. Where the glaze runs thin towards the edge of the vessels, it becomes semi-transparent to olive green. Jun wares have relatively coarse stoneware bodies and are regarded as popular rather than imperial wares. This bowl’s high foot is carved with a gourd-shaped opening on each of the eight sides through which figures are visible. These may be the Eight Daoist Immortals.
Stoneware with opalescent blue and purple glazes
Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
Jun stoneware offering or medicine bowl. Gourd-shaped holes cut into outer walls, through which eight figures, possibly Daoist immortals, are visible. Body covered in pale grey-blue glaze with purple 'splashes' on outside. Outer base unglazed and body red where exposed.
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Object reference number: RRC39411
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