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Jar of cuboid form

14th century


  • Details

    Other Titles
    Qingbai ware jar of cuboid form
    Yingqing ware jar of cuboid form
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze
    7.0 x 6.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the Bodor Family 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This small jar is modelled in the cuboid form with a square mouth. Each of the four vertical faces is decorated with applied beading while modelled lugs in the form of 'chi' dragons decorate the shoulders. The porcelain body is covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-tone glaze.

    Although the advent of the Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to the Southern Song tradition, it saw the introduction of new decorative techniques, both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled appliqué were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The transformation of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberance and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    F.W. Bodor, 1980-Apr 1985, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, F.W. Bodor is recorded as the owner in John Guy, ‘Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia, 10th to 16th Century’, published by the National Gallery of Victoria in 1980.

    Mrs Ella Bodor, 1985-Jun 1999, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, by descent. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 1999.

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