This bowl is typical of the highly original porcelaneous vessels that were produced in the eighth century by the kilns at Changsha. Many were exported in large quantities to Southeast and West Asia, and some were recovered from the Belitung shipwreck, which this one probably comes from. The abstract pattern of spirals and squiggles is painted with great vitality, and can easily be read from one angle as a vase and, from the opposite one, as a human face.
Height: 5cm; diameter: 14.8cm.
Condition: In good original condition; in places the decorative painting has been worn away by long immersion in the sea; the important thing is that there has been no repainting.
Ex NK Koh, Singapore.