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Tea bowl with slip design of plum blossom

circa 12th century


Jizhou ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Tea bowl with slip design of prunus blossom
    Place where the work was made
    Jiangxi Province China
    Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    circa 12th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    stoneware with a dark brown glaze and slip painted decoration
    5.0 x 11.1 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1988
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jizhou ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The flowering plum blossom first appeared in the art of the Song dynasty in the twelfth century and has maintained its popularity as a motif in poetry, painting and the decorative arts to the present day. The emblem of winter, it appears with the peony, lotus and chrysanthemum to symbolise the four seasons. The plum blossom and moon form a striking design on this Jizhou ware teabowl produced in Jiangxi province in response to the local Song dynasty tea cult and its aesthetic preference for drinking pale green tea out of dark glazed bowls. The patronage of local scholar officials inspired Jizhou potters to decorate their ceramics using a variety of techniques. The simple, spontaneous brushwork of this piece is distinct from that of other locales around China. It is a brilliant interpretation of the early association of plum and moon.

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 194.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jiangxi Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

    • The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–13 Jun 2022

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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