Object photography

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Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Ming Dynasty, 1426-1435
  • Ceramic
  • China
  • H: 4 1/8 in, dia.: 8 1/4 in (H: 10.5 cm, dia.: 21.0 cm)
  • Gift of Helen Bancroft, 1906
  • E9054


This crackle pattern was first developed at the Ge kiln in the Song dynasty (960-1271). The glaze was deliberately cracked during the cooling process, and the fissures were highlighted by staining, endowing the object with an antique appearance. This bowl made for the Ming imperial court mimics the feigned antiquity of the earlier pieces, but the repair to the lip is a genuine testament to its own 6 centuries of age.

Exhibition History

  • Perfect Imbalance, Exploring Chinese Aesthetics, Peabody Essex Museum; March 11, 2009 through January 31, 2013