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China

Title
Flask
Place of origin
China
Period
Liao dynasty 907 - 1125 → China
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware with yellow glaze
Dimensions

36.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr. Peter Elliott 2004
Accession number
156.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

Of elongated proportion and exquisite potting, the flask is slender and elegant. It is an ovoid body surmounted on one side by a straight cylindrical neck that opens up to an everted rolled mouth. From the neck the rope-shaped handle sweeps down in a curve to the shoulder on another side. The body tapers down towards a spreading foot ring. A rich yellow glaze is applied to the flask to just short of the foot. This form of ceramic was popular during the Liao dynasty (907-1125), established by the Khitan, an ethnic group in northern China. It was essentially an imitation of a kind of leather water vase 'pinanghu' used by the Khitan.'

Asian Art Department, 27 April 2004.