With its exceptional size, this Fujian tea bowl is rather rare. The enjoyment of Jian ware rests with the glaze transmutation due to the iron imperfections in the glaze, which developed into reddish-brown streaks and spots against a rich black glaze after firing. Connoisseurs called these iron formations “hare’s fur” marks, and the ware enjoyed much popularity with the tea cultures in China and Japan.

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  • Title: Tea Bowl
  • Date Created: 1100s–1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Overall: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Dikran G. Kelekian [1867–1951], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1948.206
  • Medium: Stoneware with black "hare’s fur" glaze and metal-bound rim, Jian ware
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Fujian province, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: China - Song Dynasty
  • Accession Number: 1948.206

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