Asian Art

Bowl

12th century

Stoneware with crackled blue glaze (Jun ware)

4 × 8 3/4 in. (10.2 × 22.2 cm)
Gift of Dr. Yale Kneeland, Jr., B.A. 1922
1958.88.34
Jun wares, made for the court and for popular consumption, were produced at the kilns in Henan Province from the tenth to the fifteenth century. The delicate, robin’s-egg blue glaze covering this bowl was invented at the Henan kilns and typifies early Jun wares. The richness of the glaze is enhanced by the pattern of small cracks that fills the surface, which is known as crackle or crazing. While it remains unclear whether this effect was deliberate or caused by an accident in the kiln, it was prized at the court in the twelfth century and was often recreated in later ceramics.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) or Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Dr. Yale Kneeland Jr.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 78–79, no. 32, ill.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 24, no. 33, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.