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SONG AND JIN CERAMICS
A YAOZHOU CARVED CONICAL BOWL

JIN DYNASTY

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A YAOZHOU CARVED CONICAL BOWL
Jin Dynasty
Well potted, the widely flared body of slightly rounded profile rising to a finger-molded band at the rim on the exterior, the interior adeptly carved with a recumbent cow gazing up at a cloud-enshrouded moon, within an ogival cartouche flanked by spreading foliate scroll, covered inside and out with a crackle-suffused glaze of grayish-green color pooling to a darker tone in the recesses
8¼in. (21cm.) diam.
Literature
The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 33

Lot Essay

For a closely related bowl dated to the Jin dynasty see Tsugio Mikami, Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 13, Tokyo, 1981, no. 15. Another similar bowl from The Palace Museum, Beijing was included in the exhibition at The British Museum, Kiln Sites of Ancient China, March 26 - May 9, 1980, and illustrated by Penelope Hughes-Stanton and Rose Kerr in the Catalogue, no. 446, together with a celadon sherd incised with a similar cow, Catalogue, no. 447.

The design of the cow gazing up at the moon is also found on contemporaneous Ding wares. For further discussion refer to the introductory essay to this catalogue
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