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Bowl

Asian Art

Starting in the early Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), the Xinping kilns in Jiangxi province (later renamed as the Jingdezhen kilns) developed a very fine, white-bodied porcelain. A luminous glaze with an icy blue tinge called qingbai (blue-white) was applied to porcelain to accentuate its delicacy. In his treatise Tao ji (Records on Ceramics), the Southern Song ceramic historian Jiang Qi describes it as being so pure that it rivaled jade. At its center, this qingbai bowl has a molded design of fish swimming in a lotus pond. Fish symbolize wealth in China because the character for “fish” (yu) is a homophone of the character for “abundance” (yu).
MEDIUM Porcelain with qingbai glaze
DATES 960-1127
DYNASTY Northern Song Dynasty
DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x 7 5/16 in. (7 x 18.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.132
CREDIT LINE By exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Bowl, 960-1127. Porcelain with qingbai glaze, 2 3/4 x 7 5/16 in. (7 x 18.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 37.132. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.132_bw.jpg)
IMAGE back, CUR.37.132_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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 <em>Bowl</em>, 960-1127. Porcelain with qingbai glaze, 2 3/4 x 7 5/16 in. (7 x 18.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 37.132. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.132_bw.jpg)