Small Yaozhou Shallow Bowl, Five Dynasties, 10th c

Small Yaozhou Shallow Bowl, Five Dynasties, 10th c., A.D., China. Diameter: 12cm. © Zetterquist Galleries.

A small shallow stoneware bowl with a finely formed unglazed foot rim and thinly glaze underfoot fired to a russet brown color. The bowl is covered with a sweet pale green glaze that thins at the rim. Although reminiscent of later “moon white” glazes, this piece represents a rare perfectly fired tenth century example.

An example of the same type with steeper walls is published in “Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ceramics”, Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics, 1997. Pl. 18.

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