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TRIPOD BASIN (FRAGMENT)
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Inventory Number
HKU.C.1954.0146
Category In English
Ceramics
Object Name
Tripod basin (fragment)
Periods / Dynasties
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368 CE) -
Materials
Stoneware with blue glaze
No. of Items (in a Set)
1
Dimensions
H: 6 cm, D: 14.5 cm
Descriptions in English
A small number of Jun wares have a numeral stamped into their bases before firing to indicate size and to match pots with accompanying basins—used to trap excess water—which come in an array of floral, rectilinear and circular shapes. Numbers range from 1 (yi) to 10 (shi), largest to smallest: this basin is marked shi (10). Although numbered Jun flowerpots were once believed to have been made in the Song dynasty, evidence from shipwrecks and recent scientific testing indicate they were produced in the 13th or 14th century. By the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), they were collected and used in the imperial palace. .

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