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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.
- Production date
Diameter: 124 millimetres
Height: 36 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thC
Room 95 label text:
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
- On display (G95/dc7/sh2)
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