Hsiu-nei-ssu Kuan ware, ts'ung vase

Southern Sung dynasty (A .D . 1127 - t 279)
Height: 18.8 cm Depth: 17.4 cm Mouth diameter: 12.8 cm Footrim: 12.4 cm

The shape of this vessel is modeled on that of the ritual jade ts'ung, formerly used in the worship of Earth, and has a rectangular body comprised of five square prisms. Although rather short for a ts'ung form, this vase is still very archaic in flavor and is a fine example of Southern-Sung artistry. In the Museum collection there are 122 pieces of Hsiu-nei-ssu Kuan wares

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