Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Longquan Celadon Alms Bowl
This attractively-shaped bowl, the form often referred to as an alms bowl, was made during the 13th - 14th century at one of the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province. It is heavily-potted and coated in an glossy golden-green glaze. The foot rim is square cut with the recessed base remaining unglazed revealing the pale grey porcelaneous body. Unusually there is also a circular unglazed area in the centre of the bowl where, presumably, another object was placed inside this bowl during firing in the kiln. The glaze has discoloured in places, there is a blister to the glaze to the inner mouth, and there is a kiln scar to the outer lower body, these all caused during manufacture.
Diameter 14 cm (5.5 inches), height 8.5 cm (3.33 inches). There is a hairline crack to the wall and a tiny chip to the glaze at the rim edge but there is no repair or restoration.
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