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Ovoid Bottle
12th century - 13th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Ovoid Bottle
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 12th century - 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: glazed stoneware
Dimensions: H.8-9/16 x Dia.7-11/16 in.
Inscriptions: STICKER
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 2000.86.2
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

Probably intended for wine, this ovoid bottle is covered with a nearly black glaze into which a decorative scheme was incised and carved before firing. The dark glaze design elements appear against the light grey ground of the exposed body clay. Commonly known as the "cut glaze" technique, this decoration was most likely inspired by the partially glazed brown and white ceramics produced during the T'ang dynasty (9th century) at the Huang-pu kilns.

It was fully developed at a number of Tzu-chou type kilns during the early Northern Sung (960-1127) which made wares with this so-called sgraffiato decoration. Cut glaze decoration rose to prominence during the Ch'in period (1515-1234) and continued to flourish into the Yuan (1280-1364). This particularly fine example with precisely carved floral patterns was made in the Huai-jen kilns in northern Shansi province.

AMICA ID: MIA_.2000.86.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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