Tea Bowl with “Hare’s-Fur” Decoration
Northern Song (960–1127) to Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasty
Stoneware with copper-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
The brown and black hues of tea bowls such as this were considered among the best colors for enhancing the chartreuse color of tea that had been whisked into white foam. Wares produced at the Jian kilns in Fujian Province were used exclusively for the drinking of tea.
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