Date1 Northern Song dynasty
Date2 late 11th-early 12th century
Kiln Ru ware
Height (cm) 5.6
Width (cm) 15.5
Mouth Diameter (cm) 22.0
Weight (g) 656
Collection The ATAKA Collection
Credit Line The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection), photograph by 〓(Please credit the name of the photographer which is indicated at the bottom left of each image)
Accession No. 00564
Description Ru kiln was producing celadon for the court during the end of the Northern Song dynasty and the extant pieces that are attributed to Ru kiln are approximately 90 pieces in the world. The location of the Ru kiln has long been a mystery until in 2000 a kiln which produced court ware was discovered in Famensi Buddhist temple, Baofeng County, Henan Province. A basin like this piece, with an oval-shaped body and four legs are known as "narcissus basin". There are only five examples of this basin in the world, the remaining four pieces housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The mouth rim has been bound with a copper band in order to cover the slightly carved mouth rim to conceal the small chip. The base is also glazed, revealing 6 spur marks in the shape of sesame seed. A typical sky-blue color, especially developing beautifully in the base.
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