Chinese / Southeast Asia Brown and Black Glaze Ceramics

China's high fired brown and black glazed ceramics developed during Song, Jin, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. Southeast Asia's Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar ( Burma ) and Thailand black and brown glazes.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Sawankhalok Black Glaze Tubular Firing Support / Southeast Asia Ceramic

This is not my piece but want to add it here. 

Sawankhalok, Thailand, Ayutthaya period ( 1351 - 1767 ) black glaze tubular firing support, stoneware, 18" tall.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sawankhalok potters, Buriram kiln, Khmer, 14th-15th Century

Figure below is from the Sawankhalok potters, Buriram kiln, Khmer, 14th-15th century.

4 3/4" tall seated woman holding two children in her arms. The figure is almost fully glazed with a mottled brown celadon color.

These are river findings, and are from the Buriram Kiln, North East Thai border, and brings a sacrifice for the spirits. They were used  for devotional in spirit houses.

Every thing has a soul, living and also not living. The Thai believe you can transfer diseases to a statue. If that is done you destroy ( throw away it in the river) that statue, and your problems are gone..

Thai Spirit Sacrifice Doll or Tuk-ka-ta-suea-ka-baan.  Literal translation is: Doll (Tuk-ta) losing (suea) its head (ka-baan).

Traditionally, the spirit sacrifice doll is used as offering doll for bad fortune/mishaps.  The head of the doll is broken from its body as a sacrifice such that the bad fortune/mishaps would be passed on to the doll instead of staying within the household.

Female figurine is holding baby as offering so that the misfortune/mishaps would be passed on to the doll and her own real baby would be safe.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tang Dynasty Lushan Stoneware With Splash Glaze

Tang Dynasty, 8th to 9th century Lushan ware. Light gray stoneware with splash glaze. Cutters marks on base of this 2 7/8" jarlet, Duandian kiln, Lushan county, Henan province.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Lime Pot, Brown / Black glaze, Buri Ram kilns, Angkor period, Cambodia / Thailand, 11th to 12th Century

Lime pot, Angkor period, Cambodia / Thailand, 11th to 12th century, brown / black glaze, Buri Ram kilns. 6 1/2" in the shape of a rabbit. There is such a high content of iron, the glaze does not show any brown at all. Solid black and unusual for a piece like this.

Although I am describing this as a lime pot I think it could just as easily be called jar, bottle, vessel or pot. There is no written record of what specific vessels were used for, so we are left to guess the function of a vessel based on the shape and morphological features. 

Before Angkorian brown ware kilns were found in several provinces in Cambodia, most, if not all brown wares were thought to be from Buriram Thailand, especially when these wares were archaeologically unprovenienced. Although some scholars might be able to tell the difference between Buriram and Angkor brown ware, little has been published to disseminate the identifying features or differences of these two wares.

Ceramics within the sphere of Angkor culture are typically described to encompass all types of "Khmer ceramics." Connecting ceramics with a specific race or ethnicity can be difficult. The borders of Southeast Asia were fluid until the 20th century. Many ethnicities probably inhabited the Angkorian culture area. Kiln sites have been located in several areas within the present day Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and present day Cambodia that were once under the influence of the Angkor Empire.

Buriram, Surin, Sisaket and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces are about 150 miles northwest of the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap Province and are located along the present day Thai-Cambodian border. These provinces were once a part of the ancient Angkor Empire and most are connected to Angkor by ancient roads.

Of the many Angkorian kiln sites that have been discovered in Cambodia, ten kiln groups have been extensively studied. They are, Tani, Anlong Thom, Sar Sei, Khnar Po, Bang Kong, Torp Chey, Chong Samrong, Teuk Lech, Kantout, and Cheung Ek.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Qing Dynasty Chinese Black Glaze Brush Rests

Two 3 1/4" tall Chinese Qing Dynasty brush rests.

The three peak "open work mountain form" can be translated as "Bi Shan ( 筆山 )" brush rest or "brush mountain" that interestingly represents a form for the Chinese Shan ( 山 ) mountain character.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ming Dynasty Brown Glazed Ceramic Foo Dog

Ming Dynasty Brown Glazed Ceramic Foo Dog
6" long, brown glazed, Ming (1368–1644) dynasty foo dog shaped water vessel. Foo dog is a Western minsomer, as the correct Chinese description is "Shi" for lion.
The creator of this piece likely was influenced by similar foo dog shaped Ming dynasty bronze pieces.. Very similar... And at the same time, also influenced by Western Jin and Yue type animal shaped celadon water vessels from the Shangyu and Cixi kilns in Zhejiang province.
Cute little guy !


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Northern Song / Jin Dynasty Cizhou Black Glazed Spice Container

Northern, Song ( 960 - 1126 ) to Jin ( 1115 - 1234 ) Dynasty, Cizhou black glazed spice container, 4" x 4" x 2 1/2"..

The lid can be translated closely to, "烹煮三鲜美,调和五味香“, which is a couplet. It means cooking and boiling delicious three fresh ingredients, mediating the five flavors, namely: sweet , sour, bitter, spicy hot , salty.

Side 1 and 3 can be read together.
Side 1" 人穷双月少“ "ren qiong shuang yue shao" which means that you will have less friends when you are poor.

Side 3"衣破半风多" Yi po ban feng duo" which means that you will have more chance to be bite by insects when you have less clothes.

Side 4 and 2 can be read together.

Side 4 "贫居闹市无人问" "Pin Ju nao shi wu ren wen " which means that nobody will take good care of you even when you live in the busy downtown if you are poor.

Side 2 "富在深山有远亲" "Fu zai shen shan you yuan qin" which means that you will be missed even you live in the middle of big mountain if you are rich.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Yuan to Ming Dynasties, Brown / Black Glazed Warming Ink Stone, and Brush Rest

Called a "Warming Ink Stone" dated some where between Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties based on the few brown / black glazed example I could find.

My very best guess is Northern, Song ( 960 - 1126 ) to Jin ( 1115 - 1234 ) Dynasties, and likely Henan blackenware, Hebei Province.. But that is just my two cents worth.

Warming Ink Stone with a combination of uses that include drawer for charcoal embers, inkstone, water well, and integrated brush rest. Thick and heavy 5" long body with dripping brown / black glaze.

Warming inkstones with integrated brush rests were also made in other materials with similar functionality.

The drawer is for charcoal embers used to warm the inkstone surface preventing the ink and the (water) well of the inkstone from freezing.  Some warm inkstones used burning oil, or hot water. Some were simply placed in an oven to warm, although this was not as efficient.

The three peak "open work mountain form" can be translated as "Bi Shan ( 筆山 )" brush rest or "brush mountain" that interestingly represents a form for the Chinese Shan ( 山 ) mountain character.

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The scripts on the two side panels combine are translated as, "Fu Lu Zhen xiang" ( 福祿禎祥 ) meaning, "A respectful wish for one's elders to be blessed with goodwill and happiness", and a Longevity ( shou ) medallion on rear panel.

A few Early glazed comparison examples

And another similar archived Sotheby, sancai warm inkstone example can be seen here.

Forgive the following Bing translation..

North of the Qing Dynasty warm Yan , as the name implies this is to prevent the winter ink frozen and made of, that is, the Charcoal Yan Tang, inkstone moist, in order to write a special stone Yantai . In fact, the warm inkstone is not scholars can be used, is often the royal special products. This kind of material is expensive, fine workmanship, is the representative works in the Qing Dynasty stationery.

This brown/black glossy glazed warm inkstone is dated to Ming

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sawankhalok Black / Brown Glaze Model Buddha House

 Sawankhalok ware, 4 1/2" model home alter. Si Satchanalai kilns, Kingdom of Sukhothai, 15th century.

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Southern Hebei Province, Guantai Kiln, Black / Brown Glaze Vase

Southern Hebei province, 10 1/2" tall Guantai kiln blackware vase with tall foot and trailed slip "fluting". Jin/Yuan dynasty (12th-13th century). At the Guantai kiln site trailed slip lines with sharp top edges were used under black glazes. When the stoneware clays were relatively rich in iron ( as in this case ) the glazes can appear brown, but they become black over the white slip, except on the sharper slip areas, where they appear almost white. The total fired effect can appear uncannily like carved fluting .. 



Northern or Southern Song Dynasty Chinese Black / Brown Glaze Pilgrim Flask

Pretty rough looking, but for me this is part of the appeal..
This 6 3/4" flask was made from a two piece mold. Black glazed ( I believe lead based ) , and very thick wall from the base of the neck down through the body, and including the foot rim with chrysanthemum motif. The inner neck is glazed only as far as where the neck is joined to the body. The neck, lugs, and I believe the foot rim as well added later.
There are a couple of thoughts about these flasks over at Gotheborgs.. One includes a possible pilgrim and Persian connections.
I am brand new to learning and collecting pieces like this, but for myself, am leaning towards this being Northern to Southern Song/Jin ( 1127–1279 ) Dynasty, Cizhou kilns.


Southern Yuan Dynasty Chinese Pillow

Southern China, probably Yuan Dynasty ( 1270-1368 ).

The pillow was accomplished by dabbing ash rich glazes onto the raw Cizhou black-brown glazes resulting in a "tortoiseshell" or "tigers fur" effect that could be produced during firing. The milkiness on areas is probably due to high phosphorus contents in the plant ashes used in the overglaze.


Thai Khmer, 11th Century, Black Splashed Glazed Ceramic Ewer / Ritual / Angkor Period

Thai Khmer ( Ka-mare ) 8 3/4" long.

Mottled glaze ranging from straw to yellowish light green, brown and black glaze over thin slip.

Zoomorphic ceramic ewer or ritual/ceremonial water sprinkler in the shape of a sparrow. Angkor period, Middle 11th century.

The ancient Khmers produced three main categories of ceramics: for architectural decoration (roof tiles, decorative finial motifs, and etc.); for religious ceremonies: vases and statues; and some vessels used in daily life: cauldrons, storage containers, vases, ewers, etc. Some ceramic objects had zoomorphic shapes such as fish, elephants, birds, rabbits, horses and frogs.

Symbolically birds are richly endowed. Hindu mythology elevated them to celestial beings because of their ability to fly and related them to Man because of their migratory souls.

The chip on the sparrow's beak has been professionally repaired.

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