Partrigde feather bowl

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Origin
China
Period
Song Dynasty, 960 - 1279
Material
Earthenware
Height
5.1 cm
Diameter
13.3 cm
Literature

R. D. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown and Black Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museum Cambridge, 1996, p. 142. cat. no. 38.

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Description

A pottery bowl of Cizhou type from the Henan-Hebei area in the 12th or 13th century. It is made of pale grey clay, with a rich black iron glaze. On the black glaze are russet brown markings, which give this type of bowl its name: the markings resemble the mottles on the feathers of the partridge. Because only part of the markings have taken, the marking have indistinct forms. The rich and shiny glaze has been double dipped; first a thin layer of glaze was applied, then the bowl was covered in a thicker layer of glaze.

Cizhou ware is a term for a wide range of Chinese ceramics, from between the late Tang dynasty and the early Ming dynasty. It has been associated with the Northern Song to Yuan period. A very large number of sites in Northern China produced these wares, and their decoration is very variable. The Chizhou wares are stoneware in Western terms.  

 

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