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Vase with Peony Scroll

Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
11th–early 12th century
Stoneware with white and black slip and cut decoration under transparent glaze (Cizhou ware)
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The complicated technique used to create the striking decoration on this jar is often classified by the Italian term sgraffito, which means scratched. The vase was covered first with a white slip and then a black slip, which was then carved to create the design of the large peony scroll.
[ C. T. Loo & Co. , until 1925; sold to MMA]
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