Detail View: National Palace English: Small oval dish with light bluish-green glaze

Work ID: 
M01A00017
Title: 
Small oval dish with light bluish-green glaze
Start Year Date: 
A.D.960
End Year Date: 
A.D.1127
Dynasty: 
40 Northern Song (A.D. 960~1127)
Kiln: 
Ru ware
Creation Place: 
China
Measurements: 
Height: 2.8 cm; Length: 14.2 cm; Width: 9.7 cm
Material: 
Porcelain
Form: 
Xi or Pen(basins)
Type: 
Ceramics
Repository: 
The National Palace Museum, Taipei
Description: 
Among extant Ru wares, this ware is the smallest. The form indicates that it was created by grubbing with a wooden scoop. The countersunk base features a foot ring, and there are three peg marks in it. Within the dish are two fish facing each other, and this design is the same as another dish kept in the Percival David Foundation in London. Ru wares vary in color occasionally because minute changes in glaze chemicals and in firing temperature and time can affect the outcome of the color. Sometimes the glaze appears translucent, and sometimes opaque. The sky-blue glaze of this object is opaque, thin, and graceful; the contour is as soft as that of lacquer. The glaze surface shows pink sparkling under light. Ancient books note that the glaze contains agate, and that it is extremely valuable.
ImageV ID: 
M01A00017AS006
Rights: 
Lee & Lee Communications