SONG DYNASTY or JIN DYNASTY or LIAO 11th or 12th CENTURY Northern Chinese Stoneware
A Northern Chinese Stoneware Lobed Shallow Bowl or Dish. Song or Jin Dynasty or Possibly Liao, 11th or 12th Century. The Shallow Flower Shaped Bowl has Ten Cut Lobes and is Decorated with an Iron-Oxide Glaze that Varies Between Black and Brown Thinning Along the Edges. The Hard White Stoneware Body has a Sugary Appearance.
In good condition, two small glaze chips to the back of the foliate rim c. 4 x 2 mm and 4 x 1 mm. The well of the dish has a small but deep loss, probably due to firing in the kiln. The center of the dish has some wear.
Compare to a similar piece we sold from The John Drew Collection (originally from R&G McPherson Antiques, number 18536) that is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Maud Ochs Fund, acquisition number C29-2007. Enter 18536 in the `Search` on the `Sold Items`. For two further examples see 21178 and 21179
For another similar piece described as Song or Liao see Yuegutang, A Collection of Chinese Ceramics in Berlin (Regina Krahl, G+H Verlag, Berlin, 2000) page 227 plate 181.