Large tea bowl with everted rim

Glazed pottery conical bowl. Standing on a low foot ring, having curved sloping sides and wide everted lip rim. Coated inside and out with a thick glossy black with “hare’s fur” outside of bowl ground down to body and an inscription applied in lacquer (one section of one character missing). The character cheng “regular” was incised into the clay underfoot before the bowl was fired.

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Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Style
Jian ware
Dimensions
H x Diam (rim): 8.9 x 22.9 cm (3 1/2 x 9 in)
Geography
China, Fujian province, Jianyang county
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. James Plumer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-2631
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
China, Jian ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), tea
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Glazed pottery conical bowl. Standing on a low foot ring, having curved sloping sides and wide everted lip rim. Coated inside and out with a thick glossy black with "hare's fur" outside of bowl ground down to body and an inscription applied in lacquer (one section of one character missing). The character cheng "regular" was incised into the clay underfoot before the bowl was fired.

Inscription(s)

1.(F.J. Caro, 02/19/74) Inscription applied in lacquer reading "Made in the Great Sung during the years of Hsien-te".

Published References
  • James Marshall Plumer. Temmoku: A Study of the Ware of Chien. Tokyo. pls. 51, 52.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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