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Masterpiece

This bowl of Qingbai porcelain has carved decoration in the form of swan’s wings and a rim shaped like a flower-cup. It is an example of the exquisite decoration of the Chinese Song porcelain, which usually can only be vaguely discerned as reliefs or lines under the glazing. The minimalist decoration emphasizes the colour and character of the porcelain itself.

History of the Object
Qingbai is a pale blue porcelain that developed during the Song Dynasty both in Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province and in kilns in Fujian Province. Porcelain arose first under the Sui and Tang Dynasties (581–907 CE) and was subsequently developed and manufactured in many different kilns, especially in Jingdezhen and Dehua. It began to differ in character and became known by different names – Xing yao, Ding yao, Qingbai, Blanc de Chine – according to the place and period of manufacture. Porcelain was developed from Chinese stoneware. Porcelain is a slightly transparent ceramic material. The paste consists of kaolin or china clay. The glaze is shiny and combines with the wall of the vessel. For 1,100 years the Chinese were alone in knowing how to make porcelain. This was an attractive commodity which placed China in the middle of the world. It is now shown in the exhibition China – in the middle of the World at Kulturen in Lund.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
China/Porcelain/Qingbai 
Measurements
Diameter 18 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 (960-1279) 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Bought in 1927 at an auction ”Björcks auktion” 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
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