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  • Description

    Longquan porcelain vase. The vase has pale greyish green glaze with spots of iron brown.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 272 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 217

    Vase with spotted glaze

    Potters achieved the brown spots by applying iron-rich pigment (such as iron filings) directly onto the celadon glaze in random patches before firing. This technique enjoyed short-lived popularity in the Yuan dynasty (AD 1279–1368). Archaeologists recovered a small group of objects with similar iron-brown spots from the cargo of a ship wrecked in AD1323 in the waters near the Dokdo islets off the Shinan coast 新安木浦 in south-west Korea. Of the 17,000 ceramics on board, over half were from Longquan. The ship is believed to have been travelling from Ningbo寧波 in southern China to Korea, on its way to Japan. Traditionally this type of spotted celadon is known as 飛青磁 (tobiseiji , splashed celadon) in Japan and is greatly prized by collectors there.

    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze and iron-brown spots
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368PDF 217





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 55 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 56, pl. LV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.24, no.217 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.29, no.84 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.47, no.20 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.47, no.22 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.57, no.36 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.60, no.48 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.7, no.217 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc52/s5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Count Sakai. (in Japan) PDF Card: via Yamanaka from Hirooka sale in Osaka, lot 219 in 1928.

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Longquan porcelain vase. The vase has pale greyish green glaze with spots of iron brown.



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