Jar with Cover

A work made of earthenware with blue lead glaze.
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  • A work made of earthenware with blue lead glaze.

Date:

Tang dynasty (618–906), first half of 8th century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

In China, the use of finely ground cobalt blue ore as a colorant for lead glaze originated in the Tang dynasty. Perhaps intending to emulate vibrant blue glass imported from the Middle East, Chinese potters applied this glaze to off-white earthenwares and low-fired stonewares that were intended primarily for burial. The source of Tang cobalt has been subject to ongoing debate. For many years, most scholars assumed that Chinese potters imported cobalt ore from the Middle East. Recent analyses of Tang blue glazes, however, show these to be chemically distinct from those of Middle Eastern ceramics and may indicate a domestic Chinese source for this colorant.

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Title

Jar with Cover

Origin

China

Date

700 AD–750 AD

Medium

Earthenware with blue lead glaze

Dimensions

H. 21.1 cm (8 5/16 in.); diam. 23.4 cm (9 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1954.462a-b

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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