A Celadon-glazed GE Water-pot

Southern Song Dynasty

  • Medium:Porcelain
  • Year:Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
  • Size:Height 7.00 cm, Rim Diameter 2.60 cm, Body Diameter 7.60 cm, Foot Diameter 4.90 cm


Delicately potted with a straight mouth, a plump rim, and a short tightened neck, the pot rises from a flat bottom and a ring foot to a globular body; the exterior and the bottom are fully covered in celadon glaze of soft gloss with crackles of varied sizes (larger ones is in grey-black colour, and smaller ones in yellow-brown colour, also known as “gold threads and iron lines”), leaving the iron black biscuit exposed at the bottom of the ring foot. The water-pot (Shui Cheng), also known as Zhong Cheng, Shui Yu, is a common stationary accessory used to store water in ancient study to help to grind the inkslab into liquid ink. The early water-pot usually got a spout and is called Shui Zhu or Yan Di; later such water-pot without spout was developed and widely known as Shui Cheng.

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