Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Spouted bowl with molded decoration

  • Porcelain with transparent pale blue ("qingbai") glaze
  • 3.8 x 11 cm
  • Qingbai ware
  • 1279-1368, Yuan dynasty
  • Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • F1976.6


Spouted bowl; low with flat base.
Clay: white porcelain of "sugary" lightweight type characteristic of Ch'ing-bai wares, glassy in fracture. Surface of unglazed base and rim is light buff from iron oxidization. The same firing effect, but a deeper rusty color, appears where glaze has skipped and shows through where glaze is thin in bottom of cup. Inside the bowl has appearance of having been wiped, either in the wet clay or with slip.
Glaze: Qingbai type: feldspathic; uneven thickness; transparent, but with some opacity due to bubbles and slight scumming; uneven color varying from pale bluish gray to strong aqua greenish-blue and pale blue tint; crackle appears on outside of spout only. Rim of spout is glazed but plain bowl rim and base are unglazed. Glaze has skipped a large area inside spout and in small spots on outside of spout. Some dark inclusions have appearance of iron.
Decoration: six moulded lotus-petal panels under the glaze, two partly obscurred by spout and its application. Apparently the round bowl was moulded first and then the cut made and spout applied. A scroll-form loop was applied beneath the spout.

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