SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY QINGBAI PORCELAIN DISH
China, 960–1127 A.D.
Of 6-petaled lotus form in a pale blue green Qingbai glaze, the interior finely incised with an open lotus blossom;
Provenance: with E&J Frankel, Ltd., NYC, bearing label
Celadon is held to be the aristocrat of Chinese glazes, produced from the 7th century AD, and reaching its zenith in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The glaze, named perhaps after a character in a French wearing a green costume, contains a small amount of iron oxide, which changes color
with oxygen during firing. The pale blue-green Qingbai is the most desirable of the colorations, receiving the least amount of oxygen.
Celadons were thought to have magical properties, curing illnesses, summoning religious forces, and even speaking.
Newborn children of nobility were often presented on celadon.
The lotus grows in muddy water but emerges clean from it - thus in art representing "purity in adversity",
as well as maturity, creative power and genius.
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