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Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

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Medium & Support
stoneware with glaze

2 7/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 3 15/16 in (6.2 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. F. Karel Wiest

Subject matter
guan-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. 

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ceramic (material)
cups (drinking vessels)
stoneware (pottery)
tea bowls

2 Related Resources

C2 - Fairchild - Metaphysics (brainstorm)
(Part of: Curriculum/Collection)
Cabinet O: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet O ➜ Shelf 2