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Cizhou ware vase with incised design of children playing amidst grasses

12th century


Cizhou ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Vase with incised design of children playing amidst grasses
    Place where the work was made
    Henan Province China
    Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    12th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    stoneware with black glaze
    8.0 cm diam. of mouth; 29.1 x 9.0 cm
    Purchased 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Cizhou ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This lovely bottle-shaped vase, known as a 'yuhuchun ping', belongs to a group of black-glazed stoneware - the output of the Henan kilns that produced various types of Cizhou wares. The 'sgraffito' technique is used with a most arresting result: it is covered with a thin black glaze all over upon a white slip, stopping on the stout foot-ring in an irregular line, revealing a grey body. The vivid drawing is then incised on the black glaze surface, exposing the white ground in quick decisive carved lines. As is frequently seen in ceramic decoration of the Cizhou type, the composition here is done with great flair and movement. It depicts three boys playing football amidst the grasses: one child runs ahead chasing after a ball while turning back to communicate with the other two boys running after him. A flying butterfly between them further animates the scene.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2005.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Henan Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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