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Ewer with Parrots

Period:
Five Dynasties (907–960)
Date:
10th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with incised decoration under celadon glaze (Yue ware)
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.502
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Introduced to China in the first and second century, tropical parrots from mainland and island Southeast Asia quickly became a motif in the decorative arts, valued for their exoticism and their purported ability to speak Chinese.
Marking: There is an "X"-shaped potter's scratch inside the foot on the base.
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