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Title

Ewer with Chicken head and dragon handle

0618-0907


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Mingqi ewer


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

0618-0907


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with clear glaze


Dimensions

6.1 cm diam. of mouth; 23.2 x 11.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962


Accession number

EC62.1962



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 18. cat.no. 19

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XXVIII. See 'Further Information' for text.