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An image of Brush washer in the shape of a plum blossom by Guan ware

Guan ware

(China  – )

Title
Brush washer in the shape of a plum blossom
Place of origin
Zhejiang ProvinceChina
Period
Southern Song 1127 - 1279Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with crackled glaze
Dimensions

2.7 x 10.8 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1998
Accession number
60.1998
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

'Guan' means 'official' and imperial Guan wares were made for the newly established Southern Song court after the style of wares made previously for the northern court at Kaifeng. Produced at the Guan kilns sited in present-day Zhejiang province, Guan wares, and Guan-type wares made at Longquan kilns, are among the most sumptuous of Song wares. Typically they are thin and dark bodied, but thickly covered with many layers of lustrous greyish-green glaze with a mesh of crackle which has been enhanced by staining.

This piece exemplifies Southern Song taste and would have been among the desk accoutrements of a late Song literati aspiring to pursue a reclusive life of self-cultivation that focused on reading, poetry, painting and calligraphy.

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 (1)

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