Yaozhou stoneware saucer of octagonal form
A small stoneware shallow saucer of octagonal form, the everted sides terminating into a flanged lip with a flat surface. The saucer is supported on a recessed circular base with no foot. The interior of the saucer is mould-impressed with two lotuses blossoming above a large lotus leaf. The exterior of the bowl is plain. The saucer is covered in a lustrous, translucent olive-green glaze, which pools to a slightly darker tint in the recesses. The base and surrounding area are unglazed, revealing the fine grey stoneware, with a yellowish-buff tone. The base has clusters of kiln grit adhering.
The present substantial, beautifully potted, decorated and glazed saucer is one of the rarer types of yaozhou wares. The octagonal shape of this saucer, which is unusual and more difficult to fire in the kiln, might have derived from a metalware prototype. A very similar yaozhou octagonal saucer, closely comparable in size, shape and decoration, was excavated in 1988 at Liulin town, Yaoxian in Shaanxi province, and is now in the collection of the Yaozhou Kiln Sites Museum (fig. 1).  The incised, bold design of lotus spray and the octagonal shape with flanged lip can be compared to ding wares of the same period. A comparable ding saucer covered in transparent ivory glaze is in the Kempe collection at the Ostasiatiska Museet, Stockholm. 
Provenance: private collection, Singapore
- Zhang, Bo ed. Zhongguo Chutu Ciqi Quanji (Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China), Vol. 15- Shaanxi, The Science Publisher, Beijing, 2008, no. 173, p. 173
- Tregear, M. Song Ceramics, Thames and Hudson, London, 1982, no. 45, p. 62