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An image of Tripod vessel by Ge ware

Ge ware

(China  – )

Tripod vessel
Other titles:
Incense burner, tripod vessel
Place of origin
Zhejiang ProvinceChina
Southern Song 1127 - 1279Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
13th century
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with crackled glaze

7.5 x 9.8 cm; 9.5 cm diam. of mouth

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

Popular among the Song court bureaucracy were ceramics with the appearance of 'crazing' (fine lines produced by the shrinking of the glaze in the kiln) in their thick glaze, enhanced by rubbing ink into the cracks. Wares such as this, known as Ge wares, are thought to have been produced at the Longquan kilns, probably only from the Yuan and early Ming periods, although traditionally they are considered a Song ware.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.107.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 107 (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