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Brush washer

Brush washer

  • Place of origin:

    Zhejiang (made)
    Philippines (excavated)

  • Date:

    1279-1368 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed stoneware with applied and carved decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir John Addis, K.C.M.G.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case E, shelf 2

Physical description

Longquan brush washer with rounded sides and narrow spreading flat rim; thin, tapering foot. Stoneware with grey-green cleadon glaze, showing some broad crazing, rather neatly finished round the foot where it burns brown. Inside on the bottom are two fish addorsed in applied moulded relief. On the outside, carved with lotus petal pattern.

Place of Origin

Zhejiang (made)
Philippines (excavated)


1279-1368 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed stoneware with applied and carved decoration


Height: 3.8 cm, Diameter: 13.1 cm

Descriptive line

Longquan ware. Brush washer, stoneware with two fish applied under celadon glaze, excavated in the Philippines, China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1936)

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

Locsin, Leandro Oriental ceramics discovered in the Philippines Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co., 1967, Plates 53 and 56.

Production Note



Stoneware; Celadon


Glazed; Applied; Carved

Subjects depicted

Lotus petal; Fish


Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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