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Begonia-shaped Flowerpot Container with Rose-purple Glaze
Begonia-shaped Flowerpot Container with Rose-purpl
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The inside wall is covered with white glaze, while the outside has thin and smooth rose-purple glaze with some patterns that suggest the lines that earthworms leave on the ground after rain. This sturdy container is beautiful, covered by elegant moon-white glaze and florid red glaze. It is a fine example of wares used at the Imperial court.

History of the Object
In the form of a begonia blossom, this porcelain container was made to hold a flower pot. It has a trumpet mouth with emphatic rim, a gradually tapering body and a flat bottom with four cloud-scroll feet. On the bottom are five round holes and three inscriptions including eight characters in regular script (kai shu) and the character si (four), presumably indicating size and place of use.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Height: 14.7 cm, mouth diameter: 23.3-18.6 cm, foot length: 8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
10th Century - 13th Century; Song Dynasty (960-1279) 
Function
Flowerpot Container 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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