‘Jun’ ware is also unusual among the important Song wares in being thickly potted, thus lending itself to simple shapes. Among the various ‘Jun’ ware bowl shapes, perhaps the most delightful is that of these small bowls, probably used for wine, with their well-rounded, plump and pleasing forms, elegant in profile because of the small foot and in-turned lip, appealing to hold in one’s hands and to drink from.
‘Jun’ wares were produced by many different manufactories in Henan, including the Ru kilns at Qingliangsi in Baofeng, as evidenced by archaeological excavations, see Baofeng Qingliangsi Ruyao/Ru Yao at Qingliangsi in Baofeng, Zhengzhou, 2008, col. pl. 183; and Gugong Bowuyuan cang Zhongguo gudai yaozhi biaoben [Specimens from ancient Chinese kiln sites in the collection of the Palace Museum], vol. 1: Henan juan [Henan volume], Beijing, 2005, passim. The centre of production, where the finest wares were produced, was located in the modern county of Yuxian, in the former region of Junzhou fragments of plain blue and purple-splashed ‘bubble’ bowls excavated there are illustrated ibid., pl. 447.
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