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Double Gourd Shaped Ewer
12th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Double Gourd Shaped Ewer
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1199
Creation Date: 12th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: glazed porcelaneous stoneware
Dimensions: H.9-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 84.115.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Quintana

The advent of Chun ware is uncertain, but a large quantity of kilns excavated near the ancient site of the Northern Sung capital of K'ai-feng in today's Honan province indicates that it began sometime during the Northern Sung period (960-1127). Although originally an imperial ceramic, the great demand for the richly glazed blue ware resulted in kiln sites being established throughout China and its popularity continued at least through the Yuan dynasty (1280-1368). The double-gourd shape of this ewer, however, is extremely rare in Chun ware and it may be the only known example. The monochrome ceramics of the Sung period are considered by many to include the most pleasing shapes and finest glazes ever produced.

AMICA ID: MIA_.84.115.1
Component Measured: height only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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