Vase with olive-green glaze
China, Yaozhou kilns
Northern Song dynasty, 1000-1200
Glazed stoneware with carved decoration
Museum no. C.810-1936
Purchased from the Eumorphopoulos Collection with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities' China Committee
Green-glazed stonewares, called celadons in Europe, were first made in southern China. Eventually the technology spread to northern China, and for a brief period after 1000 the products of the Yaozhou kilns in the north outshone their southern competitors.
The decoration was deeply carved. This allowed the glaze to pool in the recesses, intensifying the colour and making the design more legible.