Bowls have a long history as people’s daily necessary food utensils. The purpose of the bowl is generally to hold food. Most Chinese people like to use bowls as eating tools. Do you know what the categories of bowls are? Let’s follow along to find out.
Palace bowl: the mouth is turned outward, the belly is wide, deep and round, and the shape is correct. Most of them are used in the palace. Ming Zhengde was the most famous for firing, known as “Zhengde Bowl”.
Feather: A style of cup. The body is oval, with a shallow belly and a flat bottom. Half-moon-shaped ears are placed on both sides of the abdomen, and there are also cake-shaped or high feet. Popular in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. The bowls are often inscribed with the names of believers and disciples, begging content, time for alms, etc. Most of them are blue and white porcelain.
Note bowl: wine warmer, used in conjunction with the note. Generally, the wall of the bowl is straight and deep, and some are in the shape of a lotus. Put the wine in the note and place it in a bowl. Porcelain kilns in both the north and south of the Song Dynasty were fired, most of them in the south.
Cup: A style of porcelain bowl, a tea drinking vessel. Open mouth, oblique body, deep abdomen, circle feet, slightly smaller body. In the Song Dynasty, there were black, white, sauce, green, white and blue-white glaze tea cups, and black glaze was the most expensive. Rabbit hair cups and tortoiseshell cups are the top grades of “Doucha”.
Tea Boat: Utensils for placing tea cups. Because of its shape like a boat, the name is given. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Jingdezhen kiln fired imitation official glaze, table flowers, and pastel tea boats.