A small Jun ware dish with an everted rim. This heavily potted, shallow dish rests on a small heavy foot which shows the yellowish-brown biscuit. The dish is covered with an even opaque olive- green glaze with an overall crackle. A splash of the same even glaze covers the base.
Jun ware is one of the `five famous wares of the Song dynasty', it differs from the others in style. Its heavy potting and thick glaze were best suited to fairly simple shapes. The glaze has neither the mysterious haziness and irregular crackle of Ru, Guan and Ge wares, qualities that made them comparable to jade, nor the clean and sparkling appearance of Ding ware, which gave rise to associations with silver; its attraction is more immediate and dependent on its bright colours.