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Asian Art

Pair of Bowls with a Lotus

11th–12th century

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

2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams
1947.66a-b
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.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

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.

Bibliography: 

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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