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11th century - 13th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Vase
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 11th century - 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: glazed stoneware
Dimensions: H.12-13/16 x Dia.6-3/4 in.
Inscriptions: STICKER
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 99.69.2
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

Used primarily for serving wine during the Chin (1115-1234) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties, the distinctive form of pear-shaped bottles seem to have originated in eleventh century silver vessels which were imitated in ceramic at the Ting kilns of north China.

The rare "oil-spot" glaze of this bottle was developed earlier at the Chien kilns in Fujian province during the Northern Sung (960-1127). The dark brown-black glaze is covered with an "oil-spot" pattern comprised of numerous rust-brown spots each with a silvery metallic fleck in the center. After the first coat of glaze had dried, a solution rich in iron compounds was applied to create the desired silvery brown oil spots upon firing.

AMICA ID: MIA_.99.69.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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