Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420)
Stoneware with celadon glaze (Yue ware)
H. (to top of handle) 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Richard E. Linburn,1979
The beginnings of the Chinese celadon tradition can be traced to the Yue kilns (a term that comes from the ancient name for a region in Zhejiang Province), which in the fourth century began to produce highfired stoneware covered with gray-green glazes. Early examples such as this were produced as burial goods. The meaning of the chicken head on the spout remains obscure.
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