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Figure

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    11th century - 12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ceramic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by S. M. Franck & Co.

  • Museum number:

    C.1387-1924

  • Gallery location:

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

Small ceramic figures, similar to the swaddled child pictured, were a popular product of the kiln site Guantai in China between the years 950-1150. Figurines such as this might have been used for play, but have also been found in tombs.

Guantai was an important kiln in the manufacture of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Jin dynasty. Cizhou was a popular ware, meaning that it was made not for the imperial household or elite connoisseurs, but ordinary people. This meant that Cizhou kilns produced a great variety of shapes, forms and decorations, such as these toy figures.

Physical description

Cizhou ware miniature figure of a swaddled child.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

11th century - 12th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ceramic

Descriptive line

Cizhou ware miniature figure of a swaddled child, Jin, made in China, 11th-12th century

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

Kerr, Rose. Song dynasty ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004, plate 75.

Materials

Ceramic

Subjects depicted

Children (people by age group); Swaddling bands

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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