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Square Flower-Shaped Washer

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
Guan ware is notable for the crackled pattern created when the thick glaze and the dark clay body of the ceramic cool at different rates. The term guan means “official” and refers to the Confucian scholar-officials at the imperial court who ran the political bureaucracy and would have used this type of ceramic in their studios. The blue-green color of this small vessel was made to look like ancient ritual jades, an important political statement for those former officials who were forced into exile during the Southern Song and Yuan dynasties, when China was invaded by the Mongols.
MEDIUM Ceramic, glaze
  • Place Made: Southern, China
  • DATES 1271-1368
    DYNASTY Yuan-Ming Dynasty
    PERIOD Yuan to Ming Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (3.8 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 53.51
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery, by exchange
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Square Flower-Shaped Washer, 1271-1368. Ceramic, glaze, 1 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (3.8 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, by exchange, 53.51. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.51_PS11.jpg)
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     <em>Square Flower-Shaped Washer</em>, 1271-1368. Ceramic, glaze, 1 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (3.8 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, by exchange, 53.51. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.51_PS11.jpg)