Jar with incised designs, China

Jar with incised designs, China

Jar with incised designs
China, Cizhou kilns
Northern Song dynasty, 1025-50
Glazed stoneware with incised slip decoration
Museum no. C.31-1935
Purchased from the Eumorphopoulos Collection with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities' China Committee

Cizhou stonewares were produced across northern China over a long period. Covered with white or cream slip, they had decoration of many different types. Here the design was incised into the slip. It includes a scroll with camellia flowers against a 'ring-matted' background.

The shape is called a meiping, or 'prunus vase', in Chinese. Yet its sturdy body and thick base suggest it was a container for alcohol.