Other Ceramics in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of ceramics from the Song dynasty! This collection includes a variety of different pieces, from teapots with blue landscapes in falangcai polychrome enamels to bowls with blue landscapes in falangcai painted enamels. There are also green-ground floral-shaped vases with fish-dragon motifs, cocoon-shaped hu vessels, hibiscus-shaped washers with bluish-green glazes, vases with phoenix-shaped handles in celadon glaze, purple-ground boxes with bird-and-flower motifs in fencai enamels, vases with "hundred deer" motifs in wucai enamels, black pottery stemcups and zuns in the form of an elephant of peace.
1. Teapot with blue landscape in falangcai polychrome enamels
This teapot has a wide mouth, squat body, curved handle, tubular spout, flat base, and concave foot. The teapot's lid is slightly domed with a flattened top. There is a round knob on top of the lid with a hole to the side to let air in.
2. Bowl with Blue Landscape in Falangcai Painted Enamels
Compared to enamelware ceramics from the Kangxi reign, official wares from the Yongzheng reign were more image-oriented in terms of surface decorations.
3. Green-ground Floral-shaped Vase with Fish-Dragon Motif
This large vase is beautiful and has the shape of an eight-petal flower. It has a bright yellowish-green glaze and looks almost modern in appearance. The vase has two handles in the shape of animal masks with rings in their mouths.
4. Cocoon-shaped Hu
This piece of black pottery is in the shape of a silkworm cocoon. The outside has lots of lines, and in between them are ninety characters of a poem written by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795). The vessel was originally used for holding alcoholic beverages.
5. Hibiscus-shaped Washer with Bluish-green Glaze, Kuan ware
This piece is a cosmetics receptacle in the style of a hibiscus flower. It is glazed in blue-green, with yellowish-brown around areas where the body of the receptacle can be seen through thinner areas of glaze.
6. Vase with phoenix-shaped handles in celadon glaze, Longquan ware
This vase is shaped like a mallet, with a tray-shaped mouth and a straight neck and body. It has a two-piece design, with handles in the shape of phoenixes or dragons. This style emerged in the early Song dynasty.
7. Purple-ground Box with Bird-and-Flower Motif in Fencai Enamels
The Empress Dowager Cixi was a powerful woman who controlled the Qing dynasty court for many years.
8. Vase with "Hundred Deer" motif in wucai enamel
This "hundred deer" vase has a slightly flared mouth, a short straight neck, sloping curved shoulders, a broad belly that is slightly tapered, and a flat base.
9. Black pottery stemcup
The Shandon Longshan Culture was known for its development of pottery using a potting wheel. This allowed for the creation of very thin-walled vessels that could be carved with openwork patterns, known as "egg-shell pottery".