Ju ceramic wares of the Northern Sung, fired in the early 12th century, are porcelains renowned for the classical beauty of their warm and glossy sky-blue glaze. Surviving pieces of Ju ware are extremely rare, with less than 70 found in collections around the world today. The National Palace Museum is fortunate to have 21, the most of any collection. With the discovery of the Ju kiln site, both the scattered unearthed shards and the archaeological excavation of the entire kiln site now offer a better understanding of this kiln and its products. In exploring Ju ware from a single kiln to the broader level of cultural exchange, combined with observations by means of modern scientific equipment, we also have gradually gained a clearer and richer view into its transmission and craftsmanship.
This exhibition, building on the foundation of results in research over the years, offers a new pluralistic vision towards recreating the style of Ju wares. To broaden the contents of the exhibit, examples of Sung dynasty Ju ware, Koryo celadons, and such archaeologically recovered objects as saggers and kiln utensils have been borrowed and brought together from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in England, Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, Japan, and Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage in mainland China, respectively. Divided into the four categories of “In a Class of Its Own”, “The Spread of Refinement”, “Hallmark of the Imperial Clan”, and “Of Unsurpassed Skill”, these reveal the impressive status and widespread influence of Sung dynasty Ju ware in the history of ceramics for all to study and appreciate.More Info: The Legend of Ju Ware theme website