Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)
Jizhou Tea Bowl
Buff stoneware, iron oxide brown glaze on brown slip, reserve decoration
5.7 cm (h.), 11.6 cm (diam.)
Gift of Nestor Sanborn, inv. 1919.Ed.1
Archeology and World Cultures
Three paper-cut quatrefoil lotus motifs reserved in dark brown on a crazed beige glaze adorn the inside of this beautiful conical tea bowl. Splashes of beige glaze over a brown base create a tortoiseshell pattern on the outside. This mottled effect is characteristic of Jizhou bowls and was likely achieved by applying wood ash on the surface during firing.