On View In:
Gallery 204
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Bottle Vase  
Date:   Chin dynasty  
Medium:   Tz'u-chou type ware Stoneware with carved slip decoration under clear glaze  
Dimensions:   13 9/16 x 7 5/16 in. (34.45 x 18.57 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 204  

This type of tall pear-shaped bottle-vase with long neck and flared mouth is called a yuhu c'hun-ping by the Chinese. Typically used as a display vase for carefully arranged floral displays, it is one of the most elegant shapes in Chinese ceramics. This example features floral patterns that were carved through the white slip to reveal the contrasting grey of the clay body. This was a common decorative technique at Tz'u-chou kilns in North China during the Sung, Chin, and Yuan dynasties (11th-14th centuries). More commonly, a dark-brown glaze was carved to reveal a lighter clay body, opposite of the light on dark effect seen here.

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   pear-shaped body with long flaring neck; carved floral pattern; knife-cut, slightly flared foot; light tan glaze with light grey stoneware  
Creation Place:   Asia, China, , ,  
Accession #:   2000.93.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts