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A work made of yaozhou ware; stoneware, carved and biscuit-fired.
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  • A work made of yaozhou ware; stoneware, carved and biscuit-fired.


Jin dynasty (1115–1234), 12th century



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After the eleventh century, the use of clay molds became increasingly common in the ceramic production of northern China. Finely carved molds impressed intricate decorations on vessels’ surfaces before firing with both precision and speed, in order to meet the growing demands for ceramic wares at the time. While molds have been excavated at various kiln sites in Shaanxi and Henan provinces, those from Yaozhou, such as this one, are believed to have produced some of the most exquisite molded designs on ceramic wares during that period.


On View, Gallery 134


Arts of Asia




China (Artist's nationality:)

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Yaozhou ware; stoneware, carved and biscuit-fired


6.6 × 11.6 cm (2 5/8 × 4 9/16 in.); Diam.: 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.)

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Gift of The Orientals

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