H. 5 1/2 (14 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); L. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, 1914
Not on view
Vessels in the shape of waterfowl are known from before the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). During the eleventh century, this form was revived as part of a widespread interest in antiquarianism and, in particular, in early vessels in bronze and clay. The date of this vessel derives from a comparison to one such illustrated in a twelfth century compendium of antiquities and is reinforced by the fluidity of the inlaid decoration, which becomes more rigid and geometric over time.