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Ewer
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This ewer represents some of the most distinctive characteristics of Jun ware. The elegant blueness of the colour, decorated with a splash of vivid purple, demonstrates the quality of the opalescent ash glaze technique. The shape of the piece is most interesting: the main body is deep with gently swelling sides, an incurved mouth and a strongly made foot-ring, all of which are rarely found in Jun ware; there is a foreshortened spout and a small, stem-shaped handle on each side, making this piece very unlike most Jun ware which tended to be very functional.

History of the Object
Jun ware was fired at a relatively low temperature and in a slightly reducing atmosphere. The very thick and opaque glaze is a distinctive blue colour and, where it runs thin at the lip, an almost watery, transparent green-brown colour has formed. Jun ware, along with Ru ware, are among the most innovative and elegant wares of the Northern Song period. Jun wares found favour at the Song court but were made in large numbers and have been found over a wide area of China.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Stoneware with blue glaze and splashed with purple glaze 
Measurements
H: 12.4cm, D: 5.7cm (base), DB: 10.2cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Jun kiln, Henan province 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
10th Century - 12th Century; Northern Song (960 - 1127) 
Function
Ewer 
Acquisition
This object was sold by dealer Frank Partridge & Sons to Sir William Burrell on 9 March 1946 for £31; by whom it was gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow in 1946. 
Copyright
The image of this object belongs to the Burrell Collection. For any enquiry on access to this image, please contact the Photograph Library at: Photolibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
City of Glasgow 
Museum
The Burrell Collection 
Credit line
©Copyright Culture & Sports Glasgow (Museums) 

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