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
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. (2945)
Sung Dynasty 10th Century
W 9cm H 5cm
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
A large Han dynasty Jar
Han dynasty 206BC - 220AD (5461)
A large jar decorated on the exterior with horizontal striations, with two handles on the top part of the shoulder.
Northern Wei Period Figure
Northern Wei (386-534)
Standing Northern Wei figure.
Cizhou ware swallow vase
Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644
Decorated with swallows on the exterior.
Cizhou ware of Shoulao
Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Seated figure of Shoulao, the god of longevity with an attendent. (5255)
Tang Figure of a Foreigner
Tang dynasty (618-906)
Figure of a forigner covered in a green glaze. (5482)
Sculpture of a foreign horse rider
Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907)
The horse standing foursquare on a rectangular base with its head lowrred, the well-modeled bodies with carefully incised details of its mane falling to one side and it's tail bound supports a male rider astride a saddle, dressed in a green robe, the hands raised ad if to tug on reins.
Equestrian figures of this form were most likely part of a hunting group.
Figures of this type were popular during the Tang dynasty and were an ssential part of all tomb retinues. Horses were a symbol of power and authority limited to only the wealthy by an edict.