Other Ceramics in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of other ceramics from the Song dynasty! Here you will find some of the most beautiful and unique pieces of pottery from this period. From the Ju-i Pillow with Azure Glaze and Purple Splashes, Jun ware to the Green-ground Floral-shaped Vase with Fish-Dragon Motif, there is something for everyone. You can also explore the Monk's Cap Ewer with Ruby Red Glaze, the Cocoon-shaped Hu, the Bright Yellow Cauldron with Animal-Mask Decorations, the Black Pottery Stemcup, the Zun in the form of an Elephant of Peace, the Hibiscus-shaped Washer with Bluish-green Glaze, Kuan ware and the Vase with Phoenix-shaped Handles in Celadon Glaze, Longquan ware. Come take a look at these incredible artifacts today!
1. Ju-i Pillow with Azure Glaze and Purple Splashes, Jun ware
This porcelain pillow is in the shape of the "ju-i" symbol. It has a flat base and is inscribed with a poem written by the Qianlong Emperor in 1776. Both sides of the pillow have gourd-shaped holes, revealing a hollow inside.
2. Celadon Stembowls, Ko ware
This bowl has a wide, flaring rim and a curved body. The stem is thin and tall, and slightly wider at the bottom than at the top. The entire piece is covered with a creamy glaze. The exterior of the glaze has ash white specks and is covered with clear crackle lines.
3. Monk's cap ewer with ruby red glaze
The Tang Monk's Ewer gets its name from the hat that Tang Dynasty monks wore. It has a stepped rim like the hat, a pointed spout, and a flat handle. The handle is decorated with a "ju-i" motif, which is a symbol of good luck.
4. Green-ground Floral-shaped Vase with Fish-Dragon Motif
The vase is large and has a bright yellowish-green glaze. It is also curvaceous and has two handles. The vase has panels that are in the shape of caltrop blossoms. Within each frame is a fish and dragon.
5. Cocoon-shaped Hu
This piece of black pottery is in the shape of a silkworm cocoon. On the surface of the vessel are sets of parallel lines, with ninety characters of a poem written by the Qianlong Emperor in between them. The vessel was originally used for storing alcoholic beverages.
6. Bright Yellow Cauldron with Animal-Mask Decorations
This incense burner is in the shape of a cauldron and features two handles and three legs. It is covered in yellow glaze, which is very translucent. On either side of the body is an engraved animal mask.
7. Black pottery stemcup
The Shandon Longshan Culture developed a technique for making ceramic objects using a potting wheel. This allowed them to make vessels with very thin walls, which could be carved with openwork patterns.
8. Zun in the form of an elephant of peace
This object is an elephant with a vase on its back. The elephant is standing straight with its head turned back and eyes partially closed. The trunk is curled upward with tusks on either side.
9. Hibiscus-shaped Washer with Bluish-green Glaze, Kuan ware
This was once called a "washer" and it is shaped like a hibiscus flower with six petals. The top is designed to look like the flower with a dip in the center. The glaze is a deep blue color with some areas of light brown where the glaze is thinner.