BOTTLE, Celadon with carved peony scroll design

Cultural Property Important Cultural Property
Date1 Northern Song dynasty
Date2 11th-12th century
Kiln Yaozhou ware
Height (cm) 16.8
Maximum Diameter (cm) 17.3
Weight (g) 1624
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. 00666
Description Yaozhou kilns, situated in Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province, produced large amount of high-quality celadon with an olive-green glaze. One of the features of the Yaozhou wares of this period is the use of katagiri-bori, the unique carving technique in which the outline of a motif is carved by holding the chisel at an angle, making one edge of the outline deeper to let the glaze pooled into it, producing a three-dimensional effect. This work bears a band of large peony scrolls on the shoulder through the body, lie between the two bands of distinct double-layered lotus petals on the top and bottom. The deeply carved motif pools thick layers of celadon glaze, achieving a beautiful effect of shading. This masterpiece is well known as one of the representatives of the Northern Song period.
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