CHINESE JIZHOU POTTERY TEA BOWL w PHOENIXES
Description & Size: 5.58 x 12.06 cm (2.2" x 4.75") height & wide
Weight: 142 gram (5.14 oz)
Age: Southern Song Dynasty (12th - 13th Century)
Production: Fine Glazing & Hand Painting
Condition: Excellent ORIGINAL as found condition
This is an early Chinese Pottery Chabei tea bowl known as Jizhou ware. It features a beautiful, slightly speckled glaze in light and dark brown with some grey shades on the outside building an abstract cloud pattern. The foot rim is unglazed, showing the light colored ceramic body of the vessel.
Inside the bowl we find spectacular portrayals of two phoenixes divided by stylized blossoms. The majestic birds are shown with spread wings and long curved tail feathers.
The workshops at Jizhou produced a variety of ceramics for a relatively small number of kilns. Jizhou wares were first made in the Tang period (618-906), though they reached their height of production during the Song period (960-1279).