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An image of Dish by Yaozhou ware
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Yaozhou ware

(China  – )

Other titles:
Dish with incised floral decoration
Place of origin
Shaanxi ProvinceChina
Northern Song 960 - 1127Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
late 11th century-early 12th century
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with carved and combed design under olive green glaze

4.6 x 18.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993
Accession number
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

Yaozhou ware was a widely distributed quality greenware believed to have been made for popular rather than court use. It was produced at kilns located north of Xian in Shaanxi province, and is named after the Song dynasty name for the area. It is the most highly regarded of the various green-glazed stonewares that in the West have been grouped together as 'northern celadon'. Characteristic of Yaozhou ware is the deep carving of the usually floral-inspired design, as exemplified in this shallow dish with its vibrantly carved peony decoration, where the pooling of the glaze in the deep and fluidly modulated carving emphasises the skilful design.

'Yaozhou ware', 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 (2)

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

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015