Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Stoneware with incised and carved decoration under celadon glaze (Longquan ware)
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1937
The fanciful shape of this urn, with its six spouts and articulated lid, is intriguing and remains difficult to explain; however, it most likely reflects its function as a burial vessel. Urns in this shape are among the earliest products of the Longquan kilns, which were located in Zhejiang Province not far from those producing Yue wares—often credited as the first celadon in Chinese history.
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