Since the Tang dynasty (618-906) writers have paid homage to the beauty of white wares leaving tangible evidence of their value. However, the class and refinement displayed in wares of complete whiteness had been sought after hundreds of years before the Tang dynasty and would be cultivated for hundreds of years after its demise. This infatuation generated a variety of white wares which vary in degree of whiteness, refinement of materials, and decoration as a large number of kilns produced white wares even if it was not their speciality. Importantly white wares are not confined to one way of production or from one kiln or geographic area. Until the Southern Song dynasty white wares were considered a product of northern China, however, white wares were still manufactured in the south. Thus, within this commentary, white wares are loosely defined as a body (porcelain or stoneware), slip, glaze, or any combination therein, that creates a white or white-toned ware. Additionally, only a few of the most influential white wares produced during the Song dynasty (960-1279) are discussed as scholars are still debating over the many types of white wares. Future excavation and research hold many exciting discoveries for this discipline.
Condition: The surface has a lot of tiny scratches, this wear gives the bowl a somewhat semi-matt appearance.
Diameter : 15 cm (5 3/4 inches)
From an American Private Collection.
For similar Tang/ Five dynasties bowl see : Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (II) (Regina Krahl, Paradou Writing. Apparently undated and without an ISBN number) page 423, plate 1422. For a very similar Tang or Five Dynasties see our "Sold Items` number 21468.