Jun 19, 2017
Jun 19, 2017
Jun 19, 2017

Brush Washer

Brush Washer


late 1000s–1127

Porcelaneous stoneware, Ru ware

Diameter: 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.); Overall: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1957.40

Did you know?

The little black spot in the glaze inside the dish is one of the slight imperfections characteristic of genuine Ru ware.


Ru ware is the rarest and most celebrated of all Chinese imperial wares. It was made for the late Northern Song court for a very short time and was therefore extremely rare and precious. Simplicity and refined elegance are Ru ware's hallmarks. Its graceful shape, soft luster, and subtle color variation of the glaze interact in perfect unity. Other physical characteristics include an ash-grey body, soft greyblue glaze with a fine crackle, as well as small sesame-seed spur marks on the base.


Brush Washer - Chinese language version
Brush Washer
Rare Imperial Ware
See also
Chinese Art
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