Tea Bowl with Flowers Maker: Unknown

12th–13th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

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.


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Howard Balensweig, B.S. 1943, and Mrs. Carolyn Balensweig

Accession Number



Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)


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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
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Object/Work type

stoneware, tea bowls, utilitarian objects

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