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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1150-1234 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, incised 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 B, shelf 4

This dish is an example of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Jin dynasty. The term Cizhou encapsulates a range of wares made in several regions of northern China, often consisting of a stoneware body decorated with a bold design.

The stoneware body of this plate has been glazed in a modified version of the sancai three-colour scheme of the Tang dynasty, known as Song sancai. The outlines of this lively design have been carved into the body to avoid the spread of the glazes during firing. The effect is a crisp and bold design in striking colours.

Physical description

Cizhou ware dish with incised design and coloured glaze

Place of Origin

China (made)


1150-1234 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, incised and glazed


Diameter: 19 cm

Object history note

Eumorfopoulos collection.

Descriptive line

Dish, incised stoneware with colour glazes, Cizhou ware, China, Jin dynasty, 1150-1234

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 73, no. 72.




Incised; Glazed




East Asia Collection

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