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Bowl with imagery of Su Shi visiting the Red Cliff region and a poem

17th century-18th century


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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Southern China China
    17th century-18th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue decoration and a metal band along the rim
    7.5 x 17.5 cm
    Gift of Max and Cynthia Loveday 2011
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Southern kilns

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  • About

    A 17th to 18th century bowl with an image of the poet Su Shi (1037-1101) visiting the Red Cliff region. The poem painted on the side refers to the military events that took place in the Red Cliff area. This imagery seems to have been common on export wares, and it resembles 'bleu de hue' wares that were popular in Vietnam. These wares are characterised by a dark rim, which is supplied by the metal in this instance, but the mark on the base does not correspond to such pieces. The mark combines an unusual character that looks as if the artist was unfamiliar with Chinese writing with the one for jade ('yu').

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2011.

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