This elegantly shaped ewer has a long neck and a broad shoulder decorated with a rooster stretching its neck and four looped hoops. Opposite the rooster is a long handle in the shape of a thirsty dragon whose mouth is biting deeply into the rim of the ewer. Here the rooster ('ji' in Chinese) is a pun of the word for luck. It can also represent the phoenix. Together, the dragon and the rooster symbolise male and female -“yin” and “yang” - the two forces on which the cosmos operates.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Place where the work was made
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
stoneware with clear glaze
6.1 cm diam. of mouth; 23.2 x 11.8 cm
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962