宋代 公元. 960 – 1279
d. 12.5 厘米
A Beishoku Glaze Twin Fish Washer
Song Dynasty AD. 960 – 1279
d. 12.5 cm
American Museum collection
Lam’s Gallery, Hong Kong
Palace Museum Taipei
Beishoku is the Japanese term for describing the rice color glaze. The appreciation of the modest and understated rice yellow color originated in Song Dynasty and further developed in Japan through Tea Ceremony in the school of Sen no Rikyu as Karamono.
A very limited quantity of ‘Beishoku’ glaze southern song guan wares were excavated in Hangzhou ‘Laohudong’ Kiln, three surviving examples could be found in Tokiwayama Bunko in Japan. This is significant evident that such glaze were appreciated among the Song Court and not to be considered as kiln waster.
The fond of the yellow color is also evident in the yellow tea bowl named after the tea master ‘Murata Juko’. Twin fish of such type are also used in Kaiseiki as food vessel in Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony.
The motif of the twin fish goes back to Han Dynasty, it becomes popular again during the end of Southern Song Dynasty as a sign of hope for peace and harmony. The present dish was in an American museum collection with a green label attached to the base.