Northern Song (960–1127) to Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasty
Stoneware with copper-oxide glaze (Jian ware)
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The brown and black hues of tea bowls such as this were considered among the best colors for enhancing the chartreuse color of tea that had been whisked into white foam. Wares produced at the Jian kilns in Fujian Province were used exclusively for the drinking of tea.