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Collection Online as of March 17, 2018

Brush Washer, late 1000s-1127

porcelaneous stoneware, Ru ware, Diameter: w. 12.8 cm (5 in.); Overall: h. 3.8 cm (1 7/16 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1957.40

Ru ware is the rarest and most celebrated of all Chinese imperial wares. It was made for the late Northern Song court for a very short time and was therefore extremely rare and precious. Simplicity and refined elegance are Ru ware's hallmarks. Its graceful shape, soft luster, and subtle color variation of the glaze interact in perfect unity. Other physical characteristics include an ash-grey body, soft greyblue glaze with a fine crackle, as well as small sesame-seed spur marks on the base.

Exhibition history: The World of Ceramics - Masterpieces from The Cleveland Museum of Art. CMA 6/30-9/5/1982. Catalogue edited by Jennifer Neils, essay by Sherman E. Lee (CMA, 1982) no. 106.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009): "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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