Song Dynasty Longquan Celadon Twin Fish Bowl
AGE: – Southern Song Dynasty 1127 – 1279
CONSTRUCTION: – Ceramic/stoneware
HEIGHT: – 4.5cm
BASE DIAMETER: – 7cm
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Song Dynasty Longquan Celadon Twin Fish Bowl with beautiful lotus petals radiating upwards from the base on the outer wall, with a pair of raised fish on the inner base of the bowl.
Fish are seen extensively in Chinese Ceramics from the earliest times, it is believed that fish bring abundance in all ways. Two fish is especially auspicious for bringing a double abundance of good fortune and marital harmony. These bowls are sometimes referred to as wedding bowls.
This type of green celadon Porcelain or stoneware were manufactured in Longquan during the Song and Yan dynasty between 960 and 1279 AD. Longan is in the province of Zhejiang in China recognised for their distinctive greenish-blue glazes.
The term “celadon” despite its association with Song and Yuan dynasty ceramics originated in Europe. Celedon was the name of a character in a popular French play during the 17th century, he wore a grey-green costume. Europeans then adopted the name for the greenish-grey wares imported from China and has remained.
Although the Song Dynasty is recognised for its celadon stoneware and porcelain due to its wood ash glaze it was also produced as early as the third century. The green colour in Song Dynasty celadons ranged from bluish green translucency to olive coloured and flatter darker greens.
Many Longquan celadons were trading goods made for the Middle East and Southeast Asia markets.