The Museum Proper
Replica or Original:
Not a Replica
On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:
14" x 7" x 7"
A black song style vase depicting black peonies.
Inscriptions, and/or Markings:
Donated by the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Similarly to most Chinese ceramics and bronze artifacts, object ownership was historically connected to affluent individuals. In particular, Song dynasty ceramics (960-1279) were used as daily household objects, as well as for sacred use by religious groups and royalty. Song ceramics are noteworthy for their ornate simplistic qualties reflected in their shape and design.
Symbolism of the peony represents status and royalty, directly translating to "flower of wealth and honor". This sizeable vase includes three peonies with broadly painted petals. The florals are surrounded by repetitive leaf pattern motifs, enhancing the monochromatic design. Chizhou ceramics are frequently depicted in black and white.
Chizhou ware is considered one of the most prominent ceramics in Southern China. They are also referred to as "northern black wares".