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Vase: C.611-1991

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Baluster vase. Cizhou type. Buff stoneware, thrown, slipped in white and printed in iron black, under a thin clear glaze. Baluster vase with a slender, cylindrical neck with a wide rimmed dish-mouth. The vase slants to the right. It is decorated with The Zen Patriarch Fenggan and his tiger, painted in dark-brown, On the other side are eight Chinese characters painted in a vertical line in iron black, inscribed Jihe ernian Jaofu Zaoyong (made for use by Zhaofu in the 2nd year of the Jihe reign period [=1056]). A cordon circles the vase above the slightly flared footrim with flat, recessed, unglazed base. The glaze stops at a fairly regular line approx 1" above the cordon.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.8 cm
Width: 15.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Northern Song (960-1127)
Circa 960 - 1126

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, slipped in white and printed in iron black, under a thin clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: made for use by Zhaofu in the 2nd year of the Jihe reign period [=1056].

  • Text: Jihe ernian Jaofu Zaoyong
  • Location: In vertical line down vase
  • Method of creation: Painted in iron black

Inscription present: small round white label

  • Text: 28
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: larger white, round label with serrated edge

  • Text: Reitlinger C13
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.611-1991
Primary reference Number: 20984
Old object number: CHICER/874
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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