Chinese Song Dynasty Celadon Dish from Shipwreck
This dish, or shallow bowl, was made during the latter part of the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) at one of the kilns in Fujian province on China's south-east coast where many such wares were made for export. It is "heavily-potted" and is coated in a crackled translucent celadon glaze, the colour of which varies slightly in places. The glaze falls short of the wide sturdy foot revealing the very pale grey, almost white body; such wares are sometimes referred to as "white ware". The unglazed ring inside the dish allowed items to be stacked on top of each other during firing without the risk of glaze fusing them together. To the centre of the bowl is an impressed design, presumably some kind of floral pattern.
Diameter18 cm (7 inches). This bowl has been recovered from a 13th century shipwreck and although it has no restoration or repair, there are two chips to the rim edge. Sea growths still adhere to parts of the unglazed surface.
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