China / Ewer / Northern Song dynasty (960?1127), 11th?12th centuryChina
Northern Song dynasty (960?1127), 11th?12th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Ewer
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1199
Creation Date: Northern Song dynasty (960?1127), 11th?12th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with incised, carved, and relief decoration under glaze
Dimensions: H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Description: In accordance with the prevailing taste of the Song dynasty, the shape and glaze of this fine vessel are the dominant qualities, taking precedence over ornamentation. This is one of the finest examples of a ceramic type known as northern celadon ware. The swelling body, the important but subtle glaze, and the complex design that covers the surface of this elegant ewer complement one another. The glaze, which derives its color from iron, collects in thicker pools, where more clay has been hollowed out to create the carved patterns, thus accenting the design. The ewer stands on three scowling-mask legs that terminate in paws. The handle is a serpent-leg dragon whose head forms the spout and is straddled by a diminutive rider.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 26.292.73
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. T. Samuel Peters, 1926
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Yaozhou ware
AMICA ID: MMA_.26.292.73
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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