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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China
Creator Name-CRT: Possibly from the Dayao kilns, Zhejiang Province
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: Southern Song dynasty (1127?1279), 12th?13th century
Creation Place: Possibly from the Dayao kilns, Zhejiang Province
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Porcelaneous stoneware with relief decoration under celadon glaze
Dimensions: H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Description: To connoisseurs of Chinese ceramics, the word celadon brings to mind first and foremost the luscious glazes of the porcelaneous stonewares that were produced in the Longquan kilns of Zhejiang Province during the Southern Song period. These wares are the triumphant conclusion of a tradition of high-fired green glazes that began in the Shang dynasty (ca. 1600?1050 B.C.)?glazes that were corrected and improved upon through the centuries as though countless generations of potters were all striving toward the common ultimate goal of a glaze such as this. The form of this mallet-shaped vase has been simplified in the interests of a jadelike glaze that almost begs to be touched. Its streamlined shape is underscored by the contrast of two crisply molded fish that serve as handles.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 50.145.301
Credit Line: Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Longquan ware
AMICA ID: MMA_.50.145.301
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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