Xi Xia Dynasty Lingwu Ware Double Handled Small Jar


A double-eared vase crafted during the Western Xia dynasty during the subjugation of the Jin dynasty. Produced in a kiln located in Lingwu City, present-day Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The body is covered with layered yellow glaze and black glaze, and water ripples patterns are circulated on slightly below the shoulders.

The Western Xia (1038 – 1227), ruled by the Tangut people, is known for having a culture different from that of the Han Chinese, including their year numbers and the establishment of the Tangut script. Notably, the design of the waves, reminiscent of Hellenistic Amphoriscos, hints at the influence of Western aesthetics, a testament to the region’s pivotal position along the Silk Road—a vibrant artery of trade and cultural exchange. In addition, the depiction of the wave resembles a swaying horizon beyond the desert and grassland areas where they lived.

Lingwu kiln, it was  shadowy until the excavation of the kiln sites in the 1980s. The researches show that this site produced several types of glazed wares, including ceramics with white, black, brown, and celadon glazes. The shards also reveal the stylistic influence of Cizhou kilns on potters at Lingwu, for instance the use of white slip on buff-coloured body and the employment of sgraffiato, carved, and incised decorative techniques. However, there are also many items that are indispensable for nomadic life, such as handled jars and flasks. There must be some works generally called Cizhou ware, which were made in the Lingwu and the surrounding kilns, so that further research and valuation are expected in the future.

It can be regarded as a handed down and beloved piece since it was excavated. Almost none of the damage and the condition is extremely good.

W10cm × H11.5cm
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