Chinese Song Dynasty Bowl 2

This is from my collection of Chinese bowls. I really love this bowl because the size is quite big (I think the diameter is about 18-19cm).

Chinese Song Dynasty bowl
Chinese Song Dynasty bowl

The bowl is pretty too with lotus flowers carved inside the bowl.

Lotus flower incised inside the song dynasty bowl
Lotus flower incised inside the song dynasty bowl

I believe this is a Song dynasty bowl probably from the late 12th century or early 13th century.

The glazing of the Southern Song dynasty bowl
The glazing of the Southern Song dynasty bowl

The glazing is quite unique as it emerged in two colours: olives and grey.

Different colours on the bowl - olive and grey
Different colours on the bowl – olive and grey

This bowl is probably from a Chinese wreck that is part of the trading vessel. I believe this bowl is found in or near Java sea in Indonesia. It is probably similar to the ones found on Jepara wreck. It is quite interesting to know who are the Chinese trading with at that time (12-13th Century). Are they trading with a local Indonesian kingdom? Or trading with local Indonesians? Or trading with the Chinese that immigrate to Indonesia?

Soft glazing - the side of the Song dynasty bowl
Soft glazing – the side of the Song dynasty bowl

The glazing is so soft and there are soft cracks too on the centre of the inside bowl.

Cracks inside the bowl on the glazing
Cracks inside the bowl on the glazing
The back of the Song dynasty bowl
The back of the Song dynasty bowl
Southern Song Dynasty bowl found in Indonesia
Southern Song Dynasty bowl found in Indonesia

I am interested to know the purpose of the bowl. I presume it is for eating rice? Any idea, please leave me comments below.

 

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