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BOWL: PRUNUS AND MOON
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Inventory Number
HKU.C.1981.0853
Category In English
Ceramics
Object Name
Bowl: prunus and moon
Periods / Dynasties
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279 CE) -
Materials
Stoneware with white glaze
No. of Items (in a Set)
1
Dimensions
W: 11.3 cm, H: 4 cm
Descriptions in English
Plum blossoms became an extremely popular motif in the Southern Song period, perhaps because Hangzhou was known for its beautiful flowers, or because the political instability of the period gave added resonance to the theme of transience embodied in falling blossoms. The pairing of designs on this bowl may have been inspired by poems invoking the beauty of blossoming flowers in the subtle light of a crescent moon.

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