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Bowl with incised decoration

Label Text

Application of a thin, transparent blue glaze which produces what has been characterized as a "cold white light" onto white porcelain is characteristic of Chinese Ch'ing pai ware. The effect is a translucency which alters according to its lighting. This Southern Song dynasty bowl is a classic example of that ceramic period. Under the glaze on the interior of the bowl is an excised design sometimes known as "boys among peonies." The coloration of the glaze is also slightly more saturated in the interior. This piece was purchased by Freer as part of the Horace Allen collection of Korean pottery and was originally thought to have been produced in that country.

Object Name

Bowl

Ware

Qingbai ware

Dated

second half of 12th century

Period

Southern Song dynasty

Medium

Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qingbai) glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 7.0 x 20.0 cm

City

Jingdezhen

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

67

Wall

East

Title

Bowl with incised decoration

Object Number

F1907.290

Freer Source

Dr. Horace N. Allen

Freer Source City

Toledo

Freer Source State

OH

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

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Collection

Citation

"Bowl with incised decoration," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.290, Item #3162, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3162 (accessed November 18, 2017).