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Rare Yaozhou Kiln Celadon Shard – Northern Song Dynasty

The Yaozhou Kiln, established in the Tang dynasty and flourishing in the Northern Song dynasty, is famed for its high-quality celadon ware. Located in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province, it produced vessels with a translucent olive-green glaze over a light grey body, often decorated with carved or molded floral and foliate motifs.

Yaozhou wares, including bowls, dishes, vases, and sculptures, are celebrated for their fine craftsmanship and clear, silky glaze. Production continued through the Jin and Yuan periods, with the introduction of a whitish “Yue bai” glaze during the Jin dynasty.

Kiln/Glaze: Yaozhou Moulded Celadon Ware

Age: Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Shard Price: £78 + £6 Worldwide Postage. Total £84

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