Yueh-yao (Yue) ware lidded vase with incised floral and geometric design beneath
10th c Chinese Song Ceramics
SONG DYNASTY Anonymous (aka Sung Dynasty)
(960 - 1276)
Clay; ceramics (stoneware); glazing;
Thrown; carved and incised; celadon glazing
Zhejiang Province. Northern China.
Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.
Yueh-yao or Yue ware was a green-glazed (later known as celadon) stoneware produced as early as Eastern Han era (2nd c.) and as late as early Song Dynasty in the 10th c. At this time it was being produced as tribute to the Wu-Yue king in Northern Zhejiang province in Southern China. This king surrendered to the Northern Song dynasty in 978 when the Song court moved to the south. Yueh-yao or Yue ware was at its peak at this time and influenced development of Song pottery. Kilns were concentrated in three main areas: Shangyu; Yuyao; and Shasoxing (Jan-Eric Nilsson Gotheberg.com; Chinese Ceramics Collectors page glossary and AAT; Grove Art) Yue ware was the 'first recognizable ware type in China' (Getty; AAT).