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 x 4 1/4 in. (5.7 x 10.8 cm)
Gift of Dr. Howard, B.S. 1943, and Mrs. Carolyn Balensweig
1971.91.3
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.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

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

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

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