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Sancai glazed four looped ears storage jar. Provenance, The Toguri Museum (Tokyo) (3462)

W 210mm H 253mm

Ref: WEB770

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The jar with rounded sides rises to a tall cylindrical neck, with fixed ring ‘taotie’ mask handles on either side as well as moulded decorations on the shoulder of animal figures including, tigers, lions, monkeys, boars and rhinoceri amongst foliage. Covered overall in a thick lead based green glaze.

Much like the other earthenware goods produced at this time, this jar, which contained grain or alcohol was made for burial purposes.

  • A similar piece is in the Metropolitan Museum collection, accession number: 67.43.17
  • Another similar piece is illustrated by W.B.R Neave-Hill in ‘Chinese Ceramics’, 1975, cat 15, pg 25, John Batholomew & Son LTD Edinburgh & London.

Han Dynasty 206 BC-220 AD


D 29cm H 35cm

Ref: WEB811

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The stoneware jar of ovoid form rising from a short foot with rounded sides is covered overall in a brown glaze, with a few areas untouched exposing the orangey-brown body. Over the brown base-layer, the sides are suffused with large uneven splashes of varying colours ranging from white, grey, pale blue to indigo. The viscous splashes drips curdlike down the body in large streaks, before it comes to a halt where the brown undercoat ends in an uneven line above the foot, revealing the granular body.

  • A similar piece Huangdao jar is illustrated by Junichiki Mayuyama Seventy Years, vol.1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 312.

Tang Dynasty AD 618-907

W 18cm H 22.5cm


Ref: WEB842

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Tz'u-cho ware cup. Creamy white slip, black floral decoration (5242)

W 105mm H 70mm

Ref: WEB949

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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

Ref: WEB958

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An ear cup stoneware. (4269)

W 120mm H 30mm

Ref: WEB1080

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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


Ref: WEB1084

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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. (2945)

Sung Dynasty 10th Century

W 9cm H 5cm

Ref: WEB1085

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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

Ref: WEB1090

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Han dynasty 206BC - 220AD (5461)


H:27 D:26

A large jar decorated on the exterior with horizontal striations, with two handles on the top part of the shoulder.


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