A Yue ware conical shaped bowl with slightly curved sides and a straight foot-rim. The bowl is covered with an olive-green glaze, exept for the foot-rim, which has fired to a greyish colour. The exterior is decorated with incised vertical lines, grouped in sets of four lines. The interior is decorated with a medallion of spiralling petals on the floor, an incised floral spray amidst small incised points and a band of an incised leaf or petal design.
In the Tang dynasty China's north was traditionally associated with the production of white wares, the south with that of green wares. The Yue kilns of northern Zhejinag, which had been active from the Han dynasty onwards, declined when the Sui moved the capital from nearby Nanjing away to the north. A revival came in the early Tang, but their most celebrated period of activity came only in the latter half op that period. In the 9th and 10th centuries, their finest products, which were delicately potted and covered with exquisite jade-like glazes, were termed mise ('secret colour') wares. They were acclaimed in Chinese literature, sent as tribute to the Tang court, and included among imperial donations to one of the most holy Buddhist temples at the time, the Famensi In Fufeng county, not far from the Tang capital Xi'an in Shaanxi province.