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Gourd-shaped ewer

14th century


  • Details

    Other Titles
    Qingbai ware ewer of gourd form
    Yingqing ware ewer of gourd form
    Ewer of gourd form
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze
    11.3 x 9.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the Bodor Family 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The ewer is in a gourd form with a curved tapering spout and a handle in the shape of a 'chi' dragon. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots, and covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-toned glaze. The advent of the Mongol Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to Southern Song traditions but did see the introduction of new decorative techniques both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled applique were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberant and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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