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  • Description

    Ru ware dish, slightly foliated at the rim. Made of glazed stoneware. Three small spur makrs on glazed base. Shallow dishes of this shape are usually considered to be brush washers and have been found in some quantity at the Qingliangsi excavations.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1125
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.7 centimetres
    • Diameter: 13.6 centimetres (mouth)
    • Diameter: 8.5 centimetres (foot)
    • Weight: 150 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Michaelson 2006:
    Shallow dishes of this shape are usually considered to be brush-washers, an important component of the scholar's desk. Although ceramics were mostly made for mass consumption, a few types were commissioned directly for the emperor. Some literary evidence exists to suggest that the pale duck-egg blue Ru wares were made as imperial wares for a short time, possibly to emulate jade, apparently for the emperor Huizong (1100-1125).
    The site of the Ru kiln in Henan province was only discovered in 1986, and today Ru wares are the rarest of all Chinese ceramics. Long regarded as the acme of Song ceramic production, they have been praised for their beauty and rarity by connoisseurs for many centuries.


  • Bibliography

    • Vainker 1991 p.101; fig.74 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2015-2016 29 Sept-29 Sept, Bejing, Palace Museum, Ru Wares

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Dish (lobed). Made of Ru glazed ceramic, stoneware.

Dish (lobed). Made of Ru glazed ceramic, stoneware.

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