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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 the shoulder rising to a square mouth. Each of the four vertical faces is decorated with applied beading and on the shoulder with modelled lugs in the form of 'chi' dragons. Over a porcelain body, the jar is covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-tone glaze. The flat base remains unglazed.

    The advent of the Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to the Southern Song tradition but did witness 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 elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a particularly distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberance and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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