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offering-bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.51

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1300-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92 millimetres
    • Diameter: 181 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song or Jin dynasty 12thC, redated 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A51

    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
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.36, no.A51 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.69, no.A51 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case13/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.51

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.

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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