Bowl with Jun-style glaze

Artist: Possibly Li Jianjun (China, born 1950) Han Mei Lin (China, born ca. mid-20th century)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, 1989
Stoneware with Jun-style glaze
H x Diam: 17.9 x 31.6 cm (7 1/16 x 12 7/16 in)
China, Beijing
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Modern period (1912 - present), stoneware
Provenance research underway.

Han Mei Lin studied painting, ceramics, and fiber art in college and became well known in China as an art teacher, painter, and occasional film animator before discovering his prefered vocation as a potter.  This bowl made in 1989 is Han Mei Lin's reinterpretation of the prized ceramic tradition of Jun ware, a sturdy stoneware with thick, opalescent glaze that was developed in the early Song dynasty (960-1279) at kilns in Henan Province.  Many traditional pieces of Jun ware have splashes of crimson purple, which result from painting a glaze containing copper ore in suspension onto a vessel before it is fired.  Han Mei Lin emphasizes this effect to advantage, bringing to mind abstract painting.  The bowl's modern boldness is accentuated by its unprecedented large size.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art, Contemporary Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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