Vase with Peonies and Five Spouts

Vase with Peonies and Five Spouts


Green-glazed porcelaneous stoneware with incised decoration, Yue ware

Diameter: 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.); Overall: 26.4 cm (10 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.270


"In full autumn wind and dew the kilns of Yue open; And a thousand peaks are despoiled of their halcyon green" (translated by S. W. Bushell).

These 9th-century poetic lines glorify the highly prized green-glazed Yue wares of the Tang period.

This later example has a pale green glaze that is glassy and consistent, which indicates a precise control of the glaze components as well the kiln atmosphere by reducing the amount of oxygen at some stage during the firing.

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