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BOTTLE
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Inventory Number
HKU.C.1978.0632
Category In English
Ceramics
Object Name
Bottle
Periods / Dynasties
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368 CE), 14th century -
Materials
Porcelain with underglaze blue
No. of Items (in a Set)
1
Dimensions
M: 8 cm
Descriptions in English
First made in the Song dynasty (960–1279), yuhuchun (‘pear–shaped’) bottles were likely used as decanters for rice wine. They were made in various forms and materials to suit different tastes: from monochrome or blue–and–white to elaborately gilded works in precious silver. Blue–and–white versions were not made until the 14th century. The patterns resembling Islamic calligraphy on this vase were inspired by designs on objects from the Middle East.

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