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Jar with Dragon-Headed Handles

Tang dynasty (618–907)
7th century
Stoneware with raised decoration on white slip under straw-yellow glaze
H. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm); Diam. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); Diam. of foot 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert E. Tod, 1938
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The long and complicated history of the shape illustrates the wide-ranging influences found in Chinese art in the seventh and eighth centuries, when China was the center of a trading network that stretched from the Mediterranean to Korea and Japan. The ovoid shape suggests the “amphora” of Greece and Rome, while the animal-shaped handles allude to Persian and Central Asian metalwork. The ubiquitous dragon is a Chinese addition to this type of storage vessel.
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