Long before the Chinese made
Blue and White Porcelain using cobalt, a black iron oxide was used to paint motifs below a clear protecting glaze. This technique, used at Cizhou in northern China, developed independently from the
Celadon production in southern China.
By the 14th century, the so-called
Underglaze Black technique appeared in Thailand and Vietnam. In Thailand,
fish and chrysanthemums representing long life and happiness were preferred
while in Vietnam a flower motif was more common. It is highly possible that the underglaze decoration technique (painting with oxides and then applying glaze) arrived in both Thailand and Vietnam with immigrating Chinese potters.
Cizhou Bottle Vase
CERAMIC ARTIFACT # ub-001708
This Cizhou pouring vessel with
flared mouth is decorated in a stiff plantain leaf design.
artifact was produced in China, probably in the region of Jingdezhen in
Jiangxi province. It was
brought to Southeast Asia as a valuable trade-good probably by an ancient Chinese trading
ship and sold among one of the many thriving Chinese communities
living in Southeast Asia. The object probably ended up as a burial
of a prominent individual. Centuries later, it was rediscovered by
excavators and subsequently acquired by The Chalre Collection through a registered dealer.
in the Tang Dynasty period (618 - 907).
Width or Depth: 12cm
with similar or identical shape and/or decorations are found in various publications
including: Song Dynasty
Ceramics, Chinese Ceramics,
Guangdon Ceramics and Zhangzhou
items are also on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
(UK), the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA), the National Museum
of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), the National Museum of the Philippines
throughout the world with diverse collections of Asian ceramics.