Vase in the Form of a Hu
Ceramic vessels in the form of ancient bronze vessels, like the square Hu, represent a conscious, aesthetic revival of archaic forms. In the early Qing Dynasty, in the 1720s, technical innovations at the Jingdezhen porcelain factories permitted a variety of new glazes. The so-called "tea dust" glaze on this large Vase is produced by spraying a green lead glaze over a yellow-brown iron glaze, giving the speckled gray-green color thought to resemble dried tea leaves. Here the color and the surface texture also remind us of the patina on ancient bronzes.
Porcelain, monchrome green (tea dust) glaze
14 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 23 x 19 cm) (show scale)
Impressed six charater seal mark on base under glaze: Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
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Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft
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Vase in the Form of a Hu, 1736-1795. Porcelain, monchrome green (tea dust) glaze, 14 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 23 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft, 46.203.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.203.5_bw.jpg)
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Large vase in the form of a 'Hu'. Green tea-dust glaze which turns brown on edges where glaze is thin. Grey-white porcelain clay. Impressed six charater seal marks on base under glaze: Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
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