Ewer with Parrots
Five Dynasties (907–960)
Stoneware with incised decoration under celadon glaze (Yue ware)
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 1979
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.
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