Pair of Bowls with a Lotus Maker: Unknown

11th–12th century

Asian Art

Not on view

The olive tone of the glaze on these bowls identifies them as examples of Yaozhou ware, which was produced from the tenth to the fourteenth century in Shanxi Province and elsewhere in the north, primarily for domestic consumption. The switch from wood to coal firing in the mid-tenth century C.E. resulted in the development of this characteristic color.


Stoneware with incised and combed decoration under green glaze (Yaozhou ware)


2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)

Credit Line

Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams

Accession Number



Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)


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Parke-Bennet Galleries auction 1939, lot 210; purchased by Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945) Collection, New Haven, Conn.; Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams; gift in 1947 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 154, no. 305, ill.
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels), stoneware

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