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Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Jar of cuboid form

Other titles:
Qingbai ware jar of cuboid form, Yingqing ware jar of cuboid form
Not on display
Further information

This small jar is modelled in the cuboid form with the shoulder rising to a square mouth. Each of the four vertical faces is decorated with applied beading and on the shoulder with modelled lugs in the form of 'chi' dragons. Over a porcelain body, the jar is covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-tone glaze. The flat base remains unglazed.

The advent of the Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to the Southern Song tradition but did witness the introduction of new decorative techniques, both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled appliqué were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a particularly distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberance and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1999.

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
China: Yuan dynasty 1279–1368
14th century
porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze
7.0 x 6.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Bodor Family 1999
Accession number