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Tea Bowl with “Hare’s-Fur” Decoration

Period:
Northern Song (960–1127) to Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasty
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with iron-oxide glaze (Jian ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.226
Not on view
Famed throughout China, Jian wares were also exported to Japan, often by Buddhist monks who had visited monasteries in the nearby center at Mount Tianmu. As a result, ceramics with this type of decoration are known in Japan as temmoku, after the Japanese reading of the name of the mountain. Temmoku glazes continue to play an important role in Western pottery today.
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