Black ware tea bowl stuck in its firing saggarOn display
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Black ware tea bowl stuck in its firing saggar
Date12th century (1101 - 1200)
Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279)
Material and technique
stoneware bowl, thrown, with brown and black iron glazes; clay saggar
Dimensionssaggar 12.7 cm (height)
bowl 5 cm approx. (height)
saggar 18 cm (diameter)
bowl 12.6 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by M. J. V. Lloyd, 1952.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Mis-fired pottery of no commercial value that would probably have been discarded by the potter.
Wood, Nigel, ‘The manufacture of high-temperature ceramics in north and south China in the Song dynasty’, Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection (London: Eskenazi, 2015), p. 12, illus. p. 13 fig. 5
Wood, Nigel, Chinese Glazes: Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreation (London: A & C Black and University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1999), p. 147, illus. p.147