5 Miniature Early Chinese Ceramic Objects

Song to Yuan 10th to 14th Century

Miniature Early Chinese Ceramic Objects :


1. Song or Yuan Jar, 11th to 14th Century. Hard red pottery with what looks like slip decoration without glaze. 4 cm high (1 1/2 inches). In good condition but with what looks like a small notch cut in the rim.


2. Song, 10th to 13th Century, a red pottery upright jar with two loop handles. 4.3 cm high (1 3/4 inches). In good condition.


3. Song or Jin, 12th or 13th Century, a brown glazed censer, North China of Cizhou type. 3 cm high (1 1/4 inches). The edge might well have been altered. The flat edges seem to have been cut through the glaze on the flared rim. There are two small chips to the rim, these might be firing faults.


4. Probably Song or Yuan, 13th or 14th Century, an unusual Qingbai or Shufu stem cup. 2.8 cm high ( 1/4 inches). In good condition.


5. Song 11th to 13th Century, a flat thinly potted white glazed light pottery flared bowl, North China of Cizhou type. There exterior only has a small amount of glaze that has run down from the rim. 4.8 cm wide (almost 2 inches). In good condition.


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Mostly in very good condition, see individual descriptions.
See individual descriptions.
From a Private Collection of Miniature Early Ceramics.
Stock number
Small China, Early Chinese Miniatures By Koos de Jong, see below.



Small China, Early Chinese Miniatures

By Koos de Jong

Small China

Small China presents Chinese miniatures from 5,000 BC up to the 15th century. The pocket size representations of supernatural beings, people, animals, or everyday objects are virtually uncharted in East Asian crafts – even in China, these objects in jade, bronze, ivory, and porcelain are little known. Koos de Jong explores their arcane meanings and traces their production and the market for such treasures, which, contrary to official secular and religious art, include those devoted to taboo subjects such as erotica or humour. The miniatures had many different functions, from insignia, fetishes and devotional objects to burial gifts or toys. They could express good wishes or even serve as bribes. A rare glimpse into the everyday life of ordinary people and into Chinese handicrafts from thousands of years ago.