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An image of Tea bowl with slip design of plum blossom by Jizhou ware

Jizhou ware

(China  – )

Title
Tea bowl with slip design of plum blossom
Other titles:
Tea bowl with slip design of prunus blossom
Place of origin
Jiangxi ProvinceChina
Period
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
Year
circa 12th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with a dark brown glaze and slip painted decoration
Dimensions

5.0 x 11.1 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1988
Accession number
519.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

The flowering plum blossom first appeared in the art of the Song dynasty in the twelfth century and has maintained its popularity as a motif in poetry, painting and the decorative arts to the present day. The emblem of winter, it appears with the peony, lotus and chrysanthemum to symbolise the four seasons. The plum blossom and moon form a striking design on this Jizhou ware teabowl produced in Jiangxi province in response to the local Song dynasty tea cult and its aesthetic preference for drinking pale green tea out of dark glazed bowls. The patronage of local scholar officials inspired Jizhou potters to decorate their ceramics using a variety of techniques. The simple, spontaneous brushwork of this piece is distinct from that of other locales around China. It is a brilliant interpretation of the early association of plum and moon.

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

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 106 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Chinese Art', pg. 18-29, Sydney, 1990, 28 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collection Sydney, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 194 (colour illus.).