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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Inner Mongolia (made)

  • Date:

    1050-1125 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, incised

  • Credit Line:

    Eumorfopoulos Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 4, shelf 5

This vase is an example of Ganwa ware, made in the remote kilns of Inner Mongolia during the Liao Dynasty (907-1125). Potters in this remote area were very much influenced by their contemporaries making Cizhou wares in northern China. This vase has many of the characteristics of Cizhou ware in its stoneware body and bold black and white peony design.

Wares such as these were made for everyday use, and so were much more free-spirited in form and surface design than the wares made at the imperial kilns for the very elite, which tended to be more focused on the perfection of the form and firing process.

Physical description

Ganwa ware vase, stoneware with incised peony scroll pattern, white slip and black glaze.

Place of Origin

Inner Mongolia (made)


1050-1125 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, incised


Height: 29.2 cm

Object history note

Eumorfopoulos Collection.

Descriptive line

Jar, stoneware with incised decoration on white slip and black glaze, Ganwa ware, Inner Mongolia, Liao dynasty, late 11th-early 12th century

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 67, no. 63

Production Note

Ganwa ware from Inner Mongolia (Kerr 2004: 67)




Incised; Glazed

Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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