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11th century

Northern Song dynasty

Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qinqbai) glaze
H: 26.1 W: 13.7 cm
Jingdezhen, China

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.289

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This melon-shaped vase was excavated from a Koryo dynasty (918–1372) royal tomb and was acquired in Korea in the late nineteenth century by its previous owner. Chinese porcelain with pale blue (qinqbai) glaze was widely exported not only to Korea but also to Japan, Southeast Asia, and West Asia.

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