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Bowl in Saggar

A work made of bowl: jun ware, glazed stoneware
saggar: earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bowl: jun ware, glazed stoneware
saggar: earthenware.


Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), late 13th/early 14th century



About this artwork

Saggars – clay containers used in the pottery firing process – safeguarded the objects within from direct flame, smoke and ash in the kilns, ensuring the pristine and unblemished surfaces for the final products. The incorporation of saggars also guaranteed even heating, thereby enhancing the overall yield of successfully fired vessels.

Within this saggar is a bowl from the renowned Jun kiln, which was celebrated for producing visually striking vessels featuring a lavish sky-blue glaze adorned with splashes of purple or crimson pigments. This bowl, likely abandoned at the kiln site due to defects during firing that caused it to fuse with the saggar, provides valuable insights into the firing techniques of the Jun kiln during the Yuan Dynasty.


On View, Gallery 134


Arts of Asia


Bowl in Saggar


Hunan (Artist's nationality:)

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Bowl: Jun ware, glazed stoneware Saggar: earthenware


13.5 × 25 cm (5 5/16 × 9 13/16 in.); Diam.: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

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Avery Brundage Fund

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