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Chinese Song Dynasty Cizhou Meiping Vase

AGE: – Song 960 A.D.-1279 A.D.
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Song Dynasty Cizhou Meiping Vase – hairline crack on body with small chip

HEIGHT: – 29cm
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Chinese Song Dynasty Cizhou Meiping Vase with a white floral scrolling pattern with brown background. Cizhou ceramics and stone wares were considered folk kiln ware made for daily practical uses. Although this would appear to look like a vase it was probably a vessel for holding liquids.

The technique used in this meiping vase referred to as sgraffito cizhou was popular during the Northern Song period. The embossed or paper cut effect was achieved by scraping the white coating of slip which covered the whole body of the ceramic away from the intended motif to expose the grayish brown coloured body of the natural clay around it. It was then glazed with a clear colorless glaze giving it a translucent appearance. This sgraffito effect in these cizhou wares are also seen in reverse where the flower motifs are dark and the background white. A floral arrangement with foliage is the most common motif with some having birds and occasionally human figures.

Cizhou wares cover a variety of ceramics and stoneware manufactured between the late and Tang and Ming Dynasty. Kilns producing this particular style of ceramics originated in the northern provinces of Hebei, Henan and Shaanxi during the Song period.

Later Cizhou wares were sometimes poly chromed or painted typically with green or turquoise colours. Cizhou wares were made for many different functions, to hold liquids, to rest the head and plates and bowls for food.

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