Egg-shaped bottle with brown teadust glaze; nearly flat shoulder; short neck with flaring, thick mouth; bottom section unglazed

Bottle, 12th-13th century

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This elegant jar is a rare descendant of wares developed in the Yaozhou area of Shansi province during the Tang period (618-907). Although the Yaozhou kilns are most famous for celadons produced during Northern Song (960-1127) and Jin (1115-1234), the region had a longer and more ancient history in the production of black and related wares. Northern "tea-dust" glazes of this period are extremely rare and take their name from later porcelains in which a lighter glaze is peppered with specks of matte glaze blown onto the surface giving an appearance of powdered tea. The earlier glazes, like the one here, were achieved by slightly under firing the iron-rich glaze material.

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Bottle
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Artist
Accession Number
99.67.2
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Egg-shaped bottle with brown teadust glaze; nearly flat shoulder; short neck with flaring, thick mouth; bottom section unglazed