A Sky Blue-glazed JUN Chrysanthemum Bowl

Northern Song Dynasty

  • Medium:Porcelain
  • Year:Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)
  • Size:Height 7.00 cm, Rim Diameter 19.50 cm


The bowl’s shallow lobbed sides are evenly moulded in the form of ten slender fluted petals radiating from a slightly recessed flat base simulating a chrysanthemum bloom. Between each petal, ribs and bulging lobes undulate elegantly. The bowl is covered overall in sky blue glaze, only left three spur marks in the base; as the ware is dipped in or poured with liquid glaze, so rims and ribs are slightly tinted and appear to be transparent, while flutes and creases are covered with thick layer of glaze and present a much darker colour. To be inspected from upper point of view, ribs between each petal are evenly distributed and run straightforwardly towards the bottom, appearing truly as a blooming flower. The existing Jun bowls are mostly made in plain round forms, as such lobbed type is difficult to be moulded up; therefore, it is rare and scarcely seen.

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