Chicken-Headed Ewer


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

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.

Chicken-Headed Ewer, Stoneware with celadon glaze (Yue ware), China

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