Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Stoneware with iron glaze; metal rim
Jian ware
H x W: 5.1 x 11 cm (2 x 4 5/16 in)
China, Fujian province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

China, Jian ware, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), stoneware, tea
Provenance research underway.

Thick-walled Jian-ware tea bowls covered with a rich, dark glaze inspired widespread appreciation among almost all social groups in China during the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), including the emperor, scholar-officials, Buddhist monks, and ordinary people. A few Jian-ware tea bowls bear two words written on the base that mean "for presentation to the emperor." The writing of those words on this bowl by a semiliterate potter is unusual because the characters are only partially incised into the clay body and were completed by brushwriting.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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