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Vase in the Form of a Hu

Asian Art

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.

MEDIUM Porcelain, monchrome green (tea dust) glaze
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS 14 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 23 x 19 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Impressed six charater seal mark on base under glaze: Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 46.203.5
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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