CupArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1368-1644Medium & Supportstoneware with glazeDimensions
2 7/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 3 15/16 in (6.2 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. F. Karel WiestSubject matter
-type (官) official ware cup of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
The Guan kiln was the official kiln for producing court wares during the Song dynasty (960-1279,) however its location is still unknown, but is thought to be in Zhejiang province. It is characterized by having a crackle celadon finish over a dark stoneware body and having the character guan (
官) or official marked on the base. This style of ware was greatly prized among scholars for its simplistic elegance and has been mentioned in several important Ming dynasty texts on conoisseurship. The kilns of the later Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties at Jingdezhen have all copied guan
ware, and it is still among the most highly prized wares today.Physical Description
A stoneware, bowl-shaped cup on a tall foot ring with an articulated five-lobed rim. It is covered in a crackled celadon glaze. Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypecupCollection AreaAsianRights
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cups (drinking vessels)