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Julu Xian Ewer

Asian Art

This rare ewer illustrates the popular Cizhou wares produced in northern China to imitate contemporary aristocratic wares—in this case, ivory-white Ding wares. One of its distinctive features is the pale red-brown crackle covering part of the interior of the neck and the exterior to the unglazed foot. This is characteristic of Cizhou wares found at the site of Juluxian in Hebei Province, a city buried by a flood in 1108 that was rediscovered in the 1930s.

MEDIUM Earthenware, white slip and transparent glaze
  • Place Made: Cizhou, China
  • DATES early 12th century
    DYNASTY Song Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 10 x 6 3/8 in. (25.4 x 16.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1993.55
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Asian Art Council
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Julu Xian Ewer, early 12th century. Earthenware, white slip and transparent glaze, 10 x 6 3/8 in. (25.4 x 16.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 1993.55. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.55_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1993.55_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This exemplary Cizhou ewer, although unsigned, conforms to the Julu Xian type with ovoid horizontally ribbed body, high wide shoulder narrowing to small base; long slender ribbed neck with everted mouth; long slightly curved vertically ribbed spout on the shoulder; grooved strap handle attached to the shoulder and top of the neck opposite the spout; and a flaring foot. It is made of a coarse, pale, gray clay which is coated with white slip to enhance its appearance. A transparent glaze is then applied. The pale brown crackle, covering half of the interior of the neck and the entire exterior of vessel to the unglazed foot, is evidence of water damage from the time of the flood and as such these characteristics exemplify the Northern Song Cizhou white glaze method as seen in Juluxian wares. The present ewer can be traced to the Cizhou kiln of Hebei and dated ca. 1108 or earlier. Julu Xian, located in Hebei Province. In 1108 a flood buried the entire region which remained undiscovered until the 1930s.
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