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An image of Vase by Henan Blackware

Henan Blackware

(China  – )

Place of origin
Henan ProvinceChina
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
circa 1200
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with a black glaze

4.0 cm diam. of mouth; 22.0 x 19.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1993
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Brown-glazed stonewares from the Henan province were part of an extensive ceramic industry that spread throughout northern China during the Song dynasty. They were a popular ware used in most households and not a select quality ware collected by connoisseurs and eulogised in literature. From a technical viewpoint, this vase demonstrates the achievements in kiln control of northern potters around the year 1200. These achievements enabled the creation of appealing, rusty-brown suffused patterns in the black glaze: the result of precipitations of iron oxide in a reducing atmosphere in the kiln.

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 194.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 194 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 103 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994