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Yaozhou bowl with gold band
2001-02611
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The beauty and uniqueness of this bowl lie in the carved decoration and the gold band. Peony with scrolling stems and leaves were carved in low relief probably by a sharpened bamboo, such that the thin green glaze pooled in the recessed areas to give depth and fluidity to the decoration. The gold band is possibly a Cham addition since it is rather similar in feel and appearance to the gold jewellery found in the bowl. In relatively good condition, the floral scroll design on gold band is eye-catching and this repouseé work provides contrast to the low relief carved decoration. This bowl is a rare example of northern celadon that was found in Southeast Asia. Though trade records of the Song dynasty show that the merchants traded with fifty or more countries, including Champa (present day Vietnam), it is unclear if this bowl was an item of trade, or it was specially commissioned by the Chams since Yaozhou wares were made primarily for local consumption.

History of the Object
Originally from the Yaozhou Kilns at Tongchuan county in Shaanxi, China, this bowl was found in Champa (located in present day Vietnam). This bowl was retrieved from a burial site on Cham Island off the northeastern coast of Vietnam, with gold Cham jewelry in it. This bowl probably served as a family heirloom piece for the Chams.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ceramics 
Measurements
H9.0 x Dia 14.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Yaozhou kilns in Shaanxi Province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
10th Century - 13th Century; Song Dynasty (960–1279) 
Function
Heirloom object 
Acquisition
This dish was acquired by the museum in 2001 with funds from Mr. David Zuellig. Mr. David Zuellig is an ardent supporter of the museum. His father, Dr Stephen Zuellig, is a well-known collector of fine Chinese ceramcis, inspired by his father's love for ceramics. 
Copyright
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Wong Hwei Lian 
Owner
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum 
Credit line
Acquired with funds from Mr. David Zuellig. Collection of Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 

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