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    • Glazed stone-paste ear-cup
    • Glazed stone-paste ear-cup
    Glazed stone-paste ear-cup

    Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

    4 November - 30 November, 2010

    Twelve Masterpieces of Chinese Art, of Porcelain, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Stone, from the 10th century BC to the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    Glazed stone-paste ear-cup

    Late Eastern Zhou period, 3rd century BC

    This 'ear-cup', as known for the handles at the sides which are thought to resemble the ears on a face, is a survival of a very labour intensive and highly specific glazing technique that seems to have been abandoned in succeeding centuries.  The vivid blue, yellow, brown and white elements that form the pattern - essentially dots and C-shapes - are built up of layers of glaze fired to just short of their melting point so that their form is preserved. 

    Length: 13.6cm