Cizhou ware swallow vase
Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644
Decorated with swallows on the exterior.
Tang Figure of a Foreigner
Tang dynasty (618-906)
Figure of a forigner covered in a green glaze.
Northern Wei Period Figure
Northern Wei (386-534)
Standing Northern Wei figure.
A large Han dynasty Jar
Han dynasty 206BC - 220AD
A large jar decorated on the exterior with horizontal striations, with two handles on the top part of the shoulder.
Pottery - A Northern Qi Pottery (575 AD - 580AD)
A Northern Qi group of white stoneware. Two miniature coffins on rectangular stand and a shaped container piece. Coffins: W 11 cm, H 7 cm Container: W5.5 cm H 7 cm
W 110mm H 70mm
White glazed cup
Rising from a tall splayed foot with deep rounded sides and a pentalobed rim, all covered in a graceful creamy-ivory glaze, apart from the foot exposing the coarse body.
When the demand for burial goods had diminished, the potters at the Gongxian kilns quickly adapted to the environment by focusing on a new type of ware, cheap high-fired utilitarian stoneware mass produced for the masses. The craftsmen used lower quality clay, which is visible here with the tiny dark spotted impurities.
Sung Dynasty 10th Century
W 9cm H 5cm
White glazed ewer, ‘xing’ ware
The tall and slender ewer rises from a short foot to a cylindrical neck with flaring rims, with a fluted handle attached to the bottom of the neck and a tall spout attached to the rounded sides on the shoulder. The foot is unglazed to expose the pure buff coloured smooth surface typical of ‘Xing’ wares.
In high demand throughout the continent, these northern kilns producing white wares were in direct competition with the southern green glaze producing potters. While the geological content of the north and south varied immensely, allowing them to develop their own type of ware, they were still clashing over domestic and foriegn market share. This ewer, which took on many variations of forms depending on the kiln site, would have been employed to pour hot water onto powdered tea.
- A similar ewer is illustrated by Regina Krahl in ‘White Wares of Northern China’, 2010 pg. 205, cat: 270-271. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Sung Dynasty 10th Century
W 60mm H 95mm
Pottery - Han Dynasty 206 BC-220 AD
A lead green glaze vase, hu of compressed baluster form with flaring neck and dish shaped mouth, the shoulder with twin moulded taotie mask and ring handles on a continuos decorative band of mythical animals and an equestrian archer amongst foaming waves.
W 360mm H 360mm