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Conical Bowl with Blossoming Plum

A glazed stoneware bowl with a very deep blue color depicting an abstract blossoming plum, which looks very much like a tight spider web.
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  • A glazed stoneware bowl with a very deep blue color depicting an abstract blossoming plum, which looks very much like a tight spider web.

Date:

Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)

Artist:

China, Jiangxi province

About this artwork

This bowl’s striking, variegated blue hue was created accidentally during firing, when the iron-rich glaze chemically reacted with a mixture of wood or bamboo ash that was applied to its surface. The original dark brown hue is preserved in the more thinly coated rim and in the hauntingly delicate pattern of blossoming plum that was applied in resist by a stencil of cut paper. As the first flower to bloom in late winter, the plum blossom was associated with beauty, renewal, and fortitude, and became an auspicious motif in Chinese painting and decorative arts during the Song dynasty.

Status

On View, Gallery 134

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Conical Bowl with Blossoming Plum

Place

China (Artist's nationality:)

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1127–1279

Medium

Jizhou ware; glazed light gray stoneware with reserved papercut decoration

Dimensions

5.6 × 17.8 cm (2 3/16 × 7 in.); Diam.: 17.8 cm (7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1944.597

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