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China, Longquan Ware

China, Longquan Ware Landscape of the Four Seasons(Spring Landscape) Muromachi period, 15th century, Sumi and light color on silk
China, Longquan Ware
Vase, celadon, decorated with iron brown spots
Yüan dynasty, 14th century,
Porcelain Important Cultural Property

The rounded shoulders of this vase swell gently from the body. The neck stretches upward and then out in a trumpet-shaped mouth. This elegant form, made of fine clay, is covered in a veil of glaze, producing a charming effect. The brown spot accentuate the fascinating color of the glaze; they appear almost casually placed but their arrangement achieves a subtle balance. Celadons with iron brown spots such as this were created at the Longquan kilns in the fourteenth century, during the Yüan dynasty. Known as tobi seiji in Japan, such wares were particularly treasured among men of tea. The other surviving examples of these rare celadons include a bottle with iron brown spots, a designated national treasure, in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, and a vase quite similar to the one shown here in the Sir Percival David Collection in the British Museum.