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Artwork Details

13th-14th century
glaze on earthenware
3 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in (7.94 cm x 9.53 cm x 9.53 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection

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Subject Matter:

A stoneware jar from Qilizhen (七里镇窑) kiln from the Southern Song (1127-1279) to Yuan dynasties (1271-1368). This type of naiding liudou wen (“boss and willow basket pattern”)  jar is often refered to as a rice or grain measure jar.

The Qilizhen kiln is also known as the Qianzhou kiln.  Both are part of the Ganzhou kiln sites, located in the east suburb of Ganzhou, Jiangxi Provice. These kilns became active around the late Tang dynasty and continued through the Ming dynasty, reaching their zenith during the Song dynasty.   The everyday wares from these kilns are heavily potted, often combed to mimic basketry, and are glazed in green, brown, and black. 

Physical Description:

A thickly potted stoneware small globular jar with a slightly narrower tall neck and an everted rim.  The exterior is combed with a series of closely aligned concentric semicircles on the front and back.  A row of bosses circles the neck, and the interior and upper third of the exterior is covered with a brown glaze 

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