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A CIZHOU JAR, ZHADOU
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A CIZHOU JAR, ZHADOU

NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 10TH-11TH CENTURY

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A CIZHOU JAR, ZHADOU Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century With compressed globular body divided into five lobes below a widely flared mouth rising to a rim shaped as five bracket-lobed petals, the top of the shoulder incised with a single line, the exterior and interior of the mouth covered with a clear glaze over a white slip, the interior covered with a glossy glaze of yellowish tone 6½in. (16.5cm.) across, box
Exhibited
Bright as Silver, White as Snow: Chinese White Ceramics from Late Tang to Yuan Dynasty, The Denver Art Museum, October 1998-October 1999, no. 25.

Lot Essay

Jars of this distinctive form first appeared during the ninth century and were particularly popular during the Song dynasty. It has been suggested that they may have functioned as waste receptacles for wine dregs or tea leaves.

The bracket-lobed petal rim on this rare and unusually elegant example suggests that it dates early in the Song period, and appears to have been inspired by Dingyao and other high-fired northern white wares of the late Tang and Five Dynasties period. See, for example, the bowl with similar rim dated to the 10th century in the Museum Pusat in Jakarta illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 3, Tokyo, 1982, no. 10.

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