Title:Bowl with White RimArtist:Artist UnknownDate:Chin dynastyCreation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:Gift of Ruth and Bruce DaytonAccession Number:2000.34.4
Dark glazed bowls with large, evenly spaced russet brown splashes became popular at Tz'u-chou kilns in north China around the twelfth century. The white rim band is probably intended to simulate a silver rim band of the type used to protect the delicate edges of more expensive porcelains. The use of large, evenly spaced, radiating splashes against a thinly streaked "hare's-fur" ground demonstrates the Chin taste for abstract, structured designs. They differ in spirit from the more random splashed effects of the tortoiseshell glazes produced at the roughly contemporary Chi-chou kilns in southern China. When the Chin Jurchins conquered the territory of Liao and Northern Sung in 1115, they already had a flourishing ceramic industry. Chun, Ting, and Tz'u-chou type wares of varying degrees of refinement continued to be manufactured and many have been excavated from Chin sties. This bowl with its off-white clay body suggests that it was made at a Tz'u-chou type kiln in Hopei or Honan province. The extension of the glaze to the foot-rim and the precision with which the white rim meets the dark glaze suggest a twelfth century date.