Northern Celadon Carved Plate

Northern Song Dynasty, 960-1127 AD, China

Diameter: 18.5cm

A stoneware plate with notched rim and densely carved peony decoration on the inside cavetto and center, which is contained within a deeply carved circle.  The exterior has a lightly incised band under the rim, and the foot is unglazed beneath to reveal a stoneware body fired to a buff color.  The entire piece is covered with a finely crackled green glaze that pools in the carving accentuating the design.