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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1115-1234 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 4

This beautiful stoneware jar with a small neck and ring handles, was used for storing and serving alcohol, and would probably have had a stopper. It belongs to the so-called Cizhou wares, after the name of one of the major centres of production in north China that flourished during the Song- Jin period (960-1234) and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Cizhou ware was characterised by a decoration consisting of painted, incised, or carved motifs highlighted in black, white or brown on a monochrome ground. In this example, the final pattern is executed by cutting through the glaze to create a strong contrast between the black glaze and the sandy buff coloured body of the jar.

Physical description

Stoneware jar with decorative pattern cut through the black glaze (Cizhou ware)

Place of Origin

China (made)


1115-1234 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 27.3 cm

Descriptive line

Cut glaze design; Cer, China, Song, Cizhou ware

Labels and date

Jar with cut-glaze design
Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
Cizhou kilns, north China

Stoneware with black glaze
Museum no. Circ.442-1928 [2007]




Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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