Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item BARK_1961.0117.0003.F - Bowl, rice

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Bowl, rice

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CA Barkerville Historic Town BARK_1961.0117.0003.F

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bottom diameter 4.9 cm; top diameter 11.3 cm; height 5.2 cm; ceramic

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Gift from Mrs. M. E. Williams.

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A Chinese bowl, probably used for rice. The object is a glazed piece of stoneware, hand turned, with an all over grey green tone underglaze. Blue brush underglaze decoration covers the entire exterior area of the bowl. The brushwork appears to depict the "Swirl" or "Double Happiness" pattern. The Chinese character "Hsi" (meaning double happiness) appears three times within the brushwork. A potter's mark appears underneath the bowl, also in blue brush, but it is indecipherable at this time. An etched symbol may be seen inside the bowl at the bottom, and it is probably a personalized or ownership symbol.

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Three chips in rim. One chip on interior. Assessed and treated by curator, December 1986, see artifact file for details.

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