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An image of Cizhou ware vase with incised design of children playing amidst grasses by Cizhou ware

Cizhou ware

(China  – )

Title
Cizhou ware vase with incised design of children playing amidst grasses
Other titles:
Vase with incised design of children playing amidst grasses
Place of origin
Henan ProvinceChina
Period
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
Year
12th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with black glaze
Dimensions

8.0 cm diam. of mouth; 29.1 x 9.0 cm

Credit
Purchased 2005
Accession number
348.2005
Location
Not on display
Further information

This lovely bottle-shaped vase, known as a 'yuhuchun ping', belongs to a group of black-glazed stoneware - the output of the Henan kilns that produced various types of Cizhou wares. The 'sgraffito' technique is used with a most arresting result: it is covered with a thin black glaze all over upon a white slip, stopping on the stout foot-ring in an irregular line, revealing a grey body. The vivid drawing is then incised on the black glaze surface, exposing the white ground in quick decisive carved lines. As is frequently seen in ceramic decoration of the Cizhou type, the composition here is done with great flair and movement. It depicts three boys playing football amidst the grasses: one child runs ahead chasing after a ball while turning back to communicate with the other two boys running after him. A flying butterfly between them further animates the scene.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2005.

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012