Yaozhou ware bowl with molded decoration

Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
H x W: 4.6 x 14.6 cm (1 13/16 x 5 3/4 in)
China, Shaanxi province, Huangbao, Yaozhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, green glaze, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, Yaozhou ware
Provenance research underway.

These bowls (see also F1917.512) from the Yaozhou kilns bear identical molded designs. Molds helped the artisan economize on decoration by replacing hand carving. The damp bowl form was pressed against a reusable mold bearing a carved design. The burnt orange color inside the footrings of both bowls is a hallmark of  Yaozhou pots. The lustrous green color required at least two layers of glaze, but inside the footrings only one thin layer was applied, and it turned orange during firing.

Published References
  • Dongqing Fan. Song Dynasty Yaozhou and Jun Wares in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 42, no. 3. pp. 24-29.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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