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Vase with Floral Scrolls

Vase with Floral Scrolls

900s-1000s

Glazed stoneware with incised and slip-inlaid decoration, Cizhou ware

Diameter of mouth: 12.7 cm (5 in.); Overall: 41.3 cm (16 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1948.226

Description

Cizhou ware characteristically shows the use of slip coating, bold designs, and color contrasts to achieve stunning visual effects. This extremely rare and handsome vase is distinguished by its remarkable rhythmic execution of the floral designs achieved by the use of incised and slip-inlaid decoration. With firing, the slip coating and inlaid decoration assumed a soft ivory color whereas the exposed clay body displayed a warm cinnamon brown.

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