5 Miniature Early Chinese Ceramic Objects

Han to Yuan Dynasty

Miniature Early Chinese Ceramic Objects :


1. Small or Miniature Yue ‘Celadon’ Ladle, Western Jin Dynasty, 3rd or 4th Century, from a kiln in Shanglinhu, near Cixi city, Zhejiang province. Height 7 cm (2 3/4 inches). For a very similar ladle from the Ingram gift (1956.381) see : Catalogue of Green Ware in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford (Mary Tregear, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1976. ISBN 0-19-813167-4) For a very similar ladle from the Ingram gift (1956.381) page 29, item 43. In good condition.


2. Unglazed Pale Grey Pottery Jar, Perhaps Song, with impressed wavy lines. 4.3 cm high (1 3/4 inches). In good condition.


3. Moulded Pottery Jar, Song or Perhaps Yuan, 12th to 14th Century. The upper section is moulded and has a thick amber brown glaze. 3.3 cm high (1 1/3 inches). In good condition.


4. Stoneware Bowl, Han to Yue, 1st to 4th Century, the bowl has a thick base and high thinning walls. The Interior is glazed. 3.8 cm high (1 1/2 inches). In good condition.


5. Miniature Song or Jin Stoneware Jar, North China, 11th to 13th Century. The putty grey body has been covered with a cream slip which has two brush marks in iron oxide as decoration. Height 3.5 cm (1 1/3 inches). A similar miniature is illustrated : Early Chinese Miniatures (Dr.Paul Singer, China House Gallery/China Institute in America, New York, 1977) on page 85, plate 210, where it is described Tz’u Chou Yao, Cizhou ware. In good condition.

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In good condition, see descriptions.
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From a Private Collection of Miniature Early Ceramics
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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.