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  • Place of origin:

    Shaanxi (made)

  • Date:

    12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, carved and glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case E, shelf 3

This jar is an example of the Yaozhou wares typical of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). While the wares produced at the Yaozhou kiln complex enjoyed popularity from the end of the Tang dynasty (618-906) through to the beginning of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), this vase exhibits the olive green glaze and carved floral designs common to the Yaozhou wares of the Northern Song period.

The beautiful floral motif featured on this jar began with a smooth body, partially dried (or ‘leather hard’). Using an angled tool, the floral pattern was carved out of the surface in sloping grooves. The celadon glaze was then applied to this uneven surface, pooling in the crevices and laying thinly on raised areas. Through firing, the pooled up areas grew darker in colour, and the thinly glazed areas more transparent, creating illusion of light and shadows on the surface of this jar.

Physical description

Jar, deeply carved floral design, Yaozhou ware

Place of Origin

Shaanxi (made)


12th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, carved and glazed


Height: 10.8 cm

Descriptive line

Jar, carved and glazed stoneware, Yaozhou ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London: V&A Publications, 2004. p. 55, no. 50.




Carved; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns




East Asia Collection

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