Ewer with Phoenixes
Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Stoneware with incised and carved decoration under celadon glaze (Yaozhou ware)
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
This unique ewer, with its added decoration of a small figure on the handle and its fanciful spout and legs, illustrates the interest in complicated forms found in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in north China. Although they are not listed among the official kilns of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties, historical sources indicate that Yaozhou wares were also produced for imperial use.
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