Asian Art

Tea Bowl with Flowers

12th–13th century

Stoneware with paper-cut designs and black-and-brown tortoiseshell glaze (Jizhou ware)

2 1/4 × 4 1/4 in. (5.7 × 10.8 cm)
Gift of Dr. Howard Balensweig, B.S. 1943, and Mrs. Carolyn Balensweig
Although it was smaller than other centers, the Jizhou kiln complex in Jiangxi Province was among the most enterprising in Chinese history. Variegated black and brown glazes and stylized flowers—made using cut paper, which disintegrated during firing—fill the interior surface of this tea bowl, while the exterior is glazed with an additional pattern that was termed “tortoiseshell” by connoisseurs in fifteenth-century Japan.
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Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Containers - Ceramics

Carolyn Balensweig, (born 1945), and Dr. Howard Balensweig, (1921–2011), New York, by 1971: given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1971


Sadako Ohki and Takeshi Watanabe, Tea Culture of Japan (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 83, no. 8, ill.

David Ake Sensabaugh, The Scholar as Collector: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), 43, no. 29.

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