Stoneware with incised and carved decoration under celadon glaze (Longquan ware)
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1937
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The fanciful shape of this jar, with its six tubular spouts, is intriguing and remains difficult to explain. Urns of this shape, which were employed to store rice and other grains used in burial ceremonies, are among the earliest types of ceramics produced in the Longquan kilns located in Zhejiang Province not far from those producing Yue wares The latter are often credited as the first celadon in Chinese history.