Liao Dynasty Pottery Cup Stand 907 – 1125.
A Liao Pottery Cup Stand of flower shape, Liao Empire 907 – 1125. The fine grained Stoneware cup-stand is not neatly finished, this is typical of Liao pottery, the edges show uncleaned cut marks and the piece leans. The body is light but compact in nature with an uneven lightly tinted glaze containing tiny dark impurities. Cup stands of this form and related forms are well known from the Liao and Song dynasties, they occur in a wide variety of material, lacquer, silver, porcelain etc. Contemporary illustrations show that materials were interchangeable, for example a dark lacquer stand might support a white porcelain bowl (see below for an unusual ‘model’ of this type of cup and stand).
- There is a very large deep chip to the footrim which extends up the side the foot. The footrim has some small chips and the flower shaped edge of the stand has some very minor chips.
- Diameter c.16.3 cm (6 1/2 inches).
- A Private Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics.
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The Liao Dynasty 907 - 1125 :
The Liao Dynasty 907-1125, was an empire in East Asia that ruled over the regions of Manchuria, Mongolia, and parts of northern China proper. It was founded by the Yelü clan of the Khitan people in the same year as Tang Dynasty collapsed (907), even though its first ruler, Yelü Abaoji, did not declare an era name until 916. Although it was originally known as the Empire of the Khitan, the Emperor Yelü Ruan officially adopted the name “Liao” (formally “Great Liao”) in 947 (938?). The name “Liao” was dropped in 983, but readopted in 1066. Another name for China in English, Cathay, is derived from the name Khitan. This is also the origin of the Russian word for China, Китай or Kitay, and that of several other East European languages. The Liao Empire was destroyed by the Jurchen of the Jin Dynasty in 1125. However, remnants of its people led by Yelü Dashi established Xi (Western) Liao Dynasty 1125-1220, also known as Kara-Khitan Khanate, which survived until the arrival of Genghis Khan`s unified Mongolian army.
A Rare Liao or Jin Mingqi Stoneware Model of a Cup and Stand.
The Cup of Cizhou Type with White Slip and a Clear Glaze, the Stand with a Dark Iron-Oxide Glaze.
The cup and stand were made as one with the glaze from the white cup running down onto the stand.
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