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Title

Globular shaped bowl


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This bowl belongs to a long tradition of purely utilitarian ceramics that dates back to Neolithic times. Wares made for ordinary household purposes, for cooking, storage and carrying water had never been as decorative as the funerary pieces. Made from fine-grained, grey clay, these everyday pots were either made by using a pad and beater or by using coils of clay. The unglazed surface was usually decorated with a fine impressed pattern, sometimes achieved through pressing cloth into the damp clay. From Neolithic times, through the Shang dynasty, and into the Han dynasty, unglazed earthenwares of practical but rather crude shapes continued to be made for domestic purposes.

It should be mentioned that while the earthenware tradition continued, already in the Shang dynasty potters were making stoneware, that is, dense, hard pottery, impervious to water and fired at about 1200 degrees Celsius. It was also in the Shang dynasty that potters deliberately began applying glazes to the stonewares. However, glazed stonewares were only a small percentage of Shang ceramics, albeit significant in a consideration of the historical development of Chinese ceramics.

Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Ceramics', AGNSW, 1983. cat.no. VII. (illus.).


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 770 BCE-256 BCE


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

grey earthenware, unglazed


Dimensions

6.7 x 9.1 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Eleanor Hinder through her executors 1975


Accession number

263.1975



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, not paginated (illus.). cat.no. VII. See 'Further Information' for text.