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Title

Tea bowl with slip design of plum blossom

circa 12th century


Artist

Jizhou ware

China


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Tea bowl with slip design of prunus blossom


Place where the work was made

Jiangxi Province China


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

519.1988


Artist information

Jizhou ware

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Jiangxi Province

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collection Sydney, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 194 (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 (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 106 (colour illus.).