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An image of Summer tea bowl by Jun ware
Alternate image of Summer tea bowl by Jun ware

Jun ware

(China  – )

Summer tea bowl
Place of origin
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with green glaze

5.5 x 10.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Laurence G. Harrison 1997
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Jun wares, produced close to the capital of Kaifeng, are related to the northern celadons and have a similar grey stoneware body. The distinctive features are their simple and formal shapes and the rich lavender-blue glaze derived from an iron oxide in the glaze and reduction firing. These qualities are well illustrated in these examples. Later in the Song dynasty and more particularly in the Yuan period, copper was added to the glaze to produce contrasting splashes of red.

This tea bowl, serenely beautiful in the simplicity of its form, is treasured for its unusual colour - green, rather than the more typical Jun blue.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.105.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 105 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965

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