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A Cizhou Footed Tazza â Possibly Song Dynasty

A Cizhou Footed Tazza – Possibly Song Dynasty

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1900: Item # 1261146

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This is a fine Chinese footed tazza with a very simple design made up of strokes, small fruits that could represent pomegranates and four circular rings in the bottom of the shallow bowl – an “X” shaped pair of four strokes in the middle. On the tall foot, the design is limited to some simple strokes of the brush. All of the designs are done in dark iron based ink.

The tazza measures 3 7/8” diameter at the top and is 2 ¼” high. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. (The light tan square you see on the bottom of the bowl is tape residue that I neglected to take of with fingernail polish remover.) We believe the tazza dates from the late Song to early Yuan dynasties, circa 1100-1350. We recognize that many Chinese ceramics were copied during the ensuing centuries – however we doubt that many such reproductions were made of a simple folk pottery like this example of Cizhou. To be conservative, we will date it to the late 18th to early 19th century.The term 'Cizhou ware' refers to a type of sturdy stoneware produced at many kilns throughout the northern Chinese provinces of Hebei, Henan and Shaanxi. These wares were produced during the Northern Song (960-1127), Jin (1127-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties. Cizhou wares are heavily potted and boldly decorated with freely drawn designs. They are called 'popular' ceramics (as opposed to the types produced for the imperial court).