Cizhou White Ewer

Jin Dynasty 1127-1279 AD China

Height: 14cm

A stoneware ewer with a stout, covered-bowl shaped body with short spout and cylindrical neck, all covered with a white slip over a dark clay body, over which is an even translucent glaze.

The handle, in addition to its white underglaze has a geometric design in an iron-oxide, resembling the impressed patterns found on early Yaozhou handles.

The handle has two restored cracks.

A piece of identical form, but with carved decoration, is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and published in their 1978 Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art, pg. 336.

From a private American collection.