Yaozhou ware bowl with carved decoration of lotus

Historical period(s)
Jin dynasty, 12th-mid 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
H x W: 7.3 x 18.7 cm (2 7/8 x 7 3/8 in)
China, Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, green glaze, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), stoneware, WWII-era provenance, Yaozhou ware
Provenance research underway.

The lotus blossom and leaf filling the interior of this bowl were incised by hand. Such decoration was produced during the same period as the molded decoration seen on other pieces in this case. The tool used was probably a piece of sharpened bamboo. Some of the decorative techniques, including use of carved and incised lines, may show the influence of south Chinese Yue ware on the northern kilns of the Yaozhou tradition.

Published References
  • Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art: The Robert Barron Collection of Song Ceramics. New York, March 30, 2005. lot 278.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 15.
  • Old Chinese Ceramics from the Late Chou Dynasty Through the Sung Dynasty: Lent by Robert Hilton Simmons. Exh. cat. Pasadena, CA. cat. 24.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 68.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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