Chinese Song Dynasty Glazed Stoneware Bowl
This unusual stoneware bowl was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), most likely a product of the cizhou kilns in the north. It is relatively thinly-potted with a fairly high-pitched ring when tapped. It is coated in a thick glaze, the colour of which varies from a a speckled-brown to black with an almost "metallic" silvery sheen to it. The unglazed ring inside the bowl is where such bowls were stacked on top of each other in the kiln to stop them being fused together by glaze during firing.
Diameter 15 cm (6 inches). There are two chips to the inner mouth that have been filled.
This bowl, together with some other South-East Asian & Chinese ceramics we are offering for sale, has come from a local collection, established over the last twenty years or so.
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