Southern Song Five Handled Ewer with Soba Glaze


An ewer fired in a kiln around Xuanzhou (current Anhui Province) during the Southern Song to the Yuan dynasty. It has a long tubular spout, five handles, and a dark green soba glaze applied until under the torso.

The Xuanzhou ware, which is deeply related to the Yue ware and Jingdezhen porcelain, but it is not really known. In The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, there were kilns that produced archetype of Qingbai ware and white porcelain as an official kiln, but by the time of the Northern Song Dynasty, many kilns were abolished due to political turmoil and the rise of Jingdezhen porcelain and only the private kiln that produced everyday items continued. The “Han-Ping” (called “Nanban-chimaki” in Japan for a long time), which became popular in response to the liquor tax system, was produced in the same area so that it is conceivable that this ewer was also made as a sake set or a portable teapot.

As it was sinking under the sea for a long time, it has stains, and some minor chips can be seen on the mouth and spout. There are no leaks, and if washed, it can be used for sake set and flowering.

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