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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Zhejiang (made)

  • Date:

    14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with moulded and incised decoration under green glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A.V. Hammond in memory of Brigadier-General F.D. Hammond

  • Museum number:

    C.40-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 31, shelf 1

China produced many types of green-glazed wares, in shades ranging from olive to grass to grey-blue. Resembling jade, they were admired for their tranquil beauty. They were often used in Buddhist tea ceremonies and meditation rituals.

Although some were made in northern China, green-glazed wares remained a speciality of the south; this dish was produced at the Longquan kilns of Zhejiang province. Green-glazed vessels were exported in large quantities to South-east Asia and the Middle East. Later European collectors gave these wares the fanciful name of ‘celadon’.

Physical description

Saucer-shaped dish with foliated rim, stoneware with a green 'celadon' glaze. On the inside, moulded in low relief at the centre, are a peony blossom and the characters da ji, enclosed by a quatrefoil of incised wavy lines with a wide border of incised scrolled foliage on the cavetto. On the outside, shallow fluting radiating from the footrim.

Place of Origin

Zhejiang (made)

Date

14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with moulded and incised decoration under green glaze

Marks and inscriptions

'Da ji' moulded on the well
Great good fortune

Dimensions

Diameter: 27.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, glazed stoneware with incised and moulded peony design and characters meaning 'great good fortune', Longquan ware, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century

Labels and date

Celadon dish
Southern China, Longquan kilns, 1300-1400
The characters on the dish mean 'great good fortune'.
Museum nos. C.40-1959, given by Miss A.V. Hammond in memory of F.D. Hammond [September 2009]

Production Note

Label

Materials

Stoneware; Celadon

Techniques

Moulded; Glazed; Incised

Subjects depicted

Peony; Scrolling foliage

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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