rounded body on raised foot; slightly inward-curving lip; surface decorated with abstracted floral shapes in brown glaze 5 on interior, 4 at lip and outer edge, separated by brown ovals

Bowl, 9th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

This exceptionally rare bowl exemplifies the late Tang production of brown painted wares at the Huangbao Zhen kilns at Yaozhhou in Shanxi province. This region would gain lasting fame for the production of "northern celadon" during the Song (960-1279) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties. The intriguing interior cluster of quatrefoil motifs seen here, probably representing abstract plant forms, appear on pottery shards excavated at the Huangbao Zhen site. The painting technique developed during Tang at this important ceramic center provides a northern precedent for the popular brown and white slip decorated wares of the Cizhou kilns which flourished during Song and Yuan dynasties (1280-1368).

Details
Title
Bowl
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.89.2
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rounded body on raised foot; slightly inward-curving lip; surface decorated with abstracted floral shapes in brown glaze 5 on interior, 4 at lip and outer edge, separated by brown ovals