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    • Glazed Stoneware ‘Partridge Feather’ Tea-bowl
    • Glazed Stoneware ‘Partridge Feather’ Tea-bowl
    Glazed Stoneware ‘Partridge Feather’ 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'


    Glazed Stoneware ‘Partridge Feather’ Tea-bowl

    Northern Song or Jin period, 11th - 12th century
    Northern blackware of Cizhou type

    From the Cizhou group of kilns in North China, this tea-bowl is freely decorated with russet splashes against a dark-brown glaze: the ‘partridge feather’ effect, prized by tea connoisseurs, was thought to resemble the mottled markings of a partridge.

    Diameter: 13.0cm