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Jizhou Tea Bowl

Location

CHINA, JIANGXI PROVINCE

Era

Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Title

Jizhou Tea Bowl

Materials

Buff stoneware, iron oxide brown glaze on brown slip, reserve decoration

Dimensions

5.7 cm (h.), 11.6 cm (diam.)

Credits

Gift of Nestor Sanborn, inv. 1919.Ed.1

Collection

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.

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