Spearhead Band 01

Spearhead Band 01


Spearhead Band 1 is an intricate spearhead band that is most often seen on overglazed Chinese porcelain. It is defined by two thin, painted bands upon which a repeated spearhead band is drawn. The spearhead is a geometric shape that is attached to a single, wavy band. Consisting of three “petals,” the spearhead can appear botanical with two flaring petals and one center bud. The spearheads to the left appear rounded, but the spearheads can also be pointed. Although difficult to see, there is often gilding between each thin band.

Stylistic Genre:

The genre for this stylistic element depends on a combination of decorative technique, color, and element.

Cataloging Example for Depicted Sherd:


Stylistic Genre
Overglaze, handpainted
Interior/Exterior Location Decorative Technique Color Stylistic Element Motif
Interior Body Painted, over free hand Red, Intense Medium Spearhead Band 01 Individual A