Very Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Cizhou Alms Bowl (12th Century)
This very rare stoneware bowl was made around the 12th century during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279). It is a product of the Cizhou kilns in the north of China, most likely from a kiln located in Henan province as that is from where this bowl was reportedly excavated. This bowl is of a very rare and attractive form for this type of ware, that of an alms bowl (or begging bowl used by Buddhist monks). It is coated in a thick black glaze save for a ring to its centre, and the foot, where the pale grey body is revealed. Apart from this bowl's form, another interesting feature is its white rim, this being achieved by wiping away the black glaze from the rim, dipping it in white slip, and then coating the rim with clear glaze.
This bowl is of a good size with a diameter of 15.5 cm, height 8.5 cm. There is some surface wear to the glaze, and minor damages to the rim edge, one being a small chip, the others being mostly where the glaze has flaked from the surface. There is also a hairline crack that runs from the rim edge down part of the wall. However, most importantly, there is no repair or restoration. Overall, this is a very rare bowl in good presentable condition.
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