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Lotus pond bowl

14th century


  • Details

    Other Titles
    Qingbai ware lotus pond bowl
    Yingqing ware lotus pond bowl
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain decorated with splashed brown iron spots and covered with a 'qingbai' glaze
    4.0 x 10.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Fund 1999
    Naala Badu, lower level 1
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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  • About

    The bowl is modelled in the form of an oval-shaped pond with fluted sides and everted rim containing four modelled children playing amongst stemmed lotus and two fish. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots and covered with a 'qingbai' glaze. The flat base is unglazed.

    Apart from the vividness of modelled children playing amongst lotus fish, worth noting is the decoration of the splashed brown iron spots. One aspect of the decorative innovations of the Yuan potters lay in the tentative experiments with painted underglaze decoration. The 'qingbai' wares with iron oxide seemingly randomly spotted and splashed over the vessels are the earliest experiments in underglazed decoration. However, among examples of the same type this piece may display the least random use of iron spotting, since each boy's hair is carefully indicated.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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