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    • ‘Tortoiseshell’-glazed Tea-bowl
    • ‘Tortoiseshell’-glazed Tea-bowl
    ‘Tortoiseshell’-glazed Tea-bowl

    Song: Chinese Ceramics, 10th to 13th Century (part 5)

    10 May - 1 June, 2018

    This exhibition features twenty classic pieces from a range of important kilns active during the Song period (960 - 1279). This was an especially innovative and rich period for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. Examples from both northern and southern kilns are included. Yaozhou celadons and fine porcellaneous Ding pieces are amongst the representatives of northern wares while examples from the south include the celebrated tea-bowls produced by the Jizhou kilns. The extraordinary diversity of shapes, glazes and innovative techniques seen in this exhibition reflects the richness of the Song ceramic tradition.

    Please click here to view our concurrent exhibition 'Gogottes: A Rift in Time'


    ‘Tortoiseshell’-glazed Tea-bowl

    Southern Song period, 12th - 13th century
    Jizhou ware, Yonghe kilns, Ji’an, Jiangxi province

    The striking ‘tortoiseshell’ effect of amber-coloured splashes and streaks against the dark brown glaze is one of the well-known innovations of the Jizhou kilns in Jiangxi province. It was most likely produced by the application of a wood-ash mixture to the surface of the glaze before firing.

    Diameter: 12.0cm