Longquan celadons were produced in a myriad of forms, and were hugely popular in both domestic and overseas markets. This bowl was carved with lotus petals, typical of Longquan wares, before it was glazed and fired. Its thick green glaze pools in the recessed areas and highlights the lotus petals in relief.The production of celadons in Longquan probably arose after the Yue kilns declined in importance at around the 10th century. The potters in Longquan did not want to see the greenware tradition of the south die and started to produce celadons in much the same genre. Production of Longquan celadons began at around the 11th century. These thickly-glazed celadons were fired in dragon kilns that produced thousands in a single firing session. They are prized for their unctuous green tone that resembles jade. A wide variety of decorative techniques were used on these celadons.

Indigenous Name
13th century
Longquan, Zhejiang province, China
Object size: H6.5 x Dia 13.5 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Frank and Pamela Hickley

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