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Pear-Shaped Vase, 1127–1279


Credit: Anonymous gift

Guan (“official”) ware was made at the Jiantan or “Altar of Heaven” kilns, southwest of Hangzhou. This factory produced ceramic wares for the Southern Song imperial court which were highly prized. This Song vase is notable for its graceful shape and the remarkable depth of its finely crackled glaze.


(N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York);

acquired by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, Anonymous gift, 1974.

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