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A CIZHOU IRON-BROWN-DECORATED TEADUST-GLAZED BOTTLE
A CIZHOU IRON-BROWN-DECORATED TEADUST-GLAZED BOTTLE

JIN DYNASTY, LATE 12TH-EARLY 13TH CENTURY

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A CIZHOU IRON-BROWN-DECORATED TEADUST-GLAZED BOTTLE
JIN DYNASTY, LATE 12TH-EARLY 13TH CENTURY
The tapering globular body covered with a dark olive-brown glaze and painted on the high rounded shoulder in dark brown with three birds in flight, their wings spread and long tails swept up below the base of the short double-ringed neck, the interior of the foot and neck similarly glazed
8 in. (20.3 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Sotheby's, London, 9 June 1987, lot 164.
Exhibited
New Orleans Museum of Art, Heaven and Earth Seen Within, 2000, no. 40.

Lot Essay

Ovoid jars of this type, with these distinctive small, double-ringed lips, are termed xiaokou ping (small-mouthed bottles) and were probably sealed with a fabric-wrapped wooden dowl and used for storing wine and other liquids. Typically dark-glazed, such bottles are often painted in russet or rust-brown slip with abstract floral decoration or designs suggestive of birds in flight, such as those seen on the present example, characteristically rendered with vigorous, calligraphic strokes.

A tea-dust-glazed bottle in the Royal Ontario Museum decorated with leaf-sprays rather than birds is illustrated by H. Trubner, The Far Eastern Collection, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1968, p. 58, no. 69. A bottle from the collection of Robert M. Ferris IV with similarly-painted birds in flight, but rendered in russet against a black glaze, is illustrated by R. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 1996, p. 162, no. 53. Another black-glazed example painted with birds in russet is published in R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, p. 255, no. 465.
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