Square Flower-Shaped Washer
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.
Yuan to Ming Dynasty
1 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (3.8 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, by exchange
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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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