Northern Song (960–1127) to Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasty
Stoneware with iron-oxide glaze (Jian ware)
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
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.