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
Qingbai ware ewer of gourd form
Yingqing ware ewer of gourd form
Ewer of gourd form
Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
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
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century:
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 06 Jun 1980–20 Jul 1980
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 01 Aug 1980–31 Aug 1980
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 04 Oct 1980–09 Nov 1980
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012
Referenced in 2 publications
John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, 42. plate no. 37
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 135 (colour illus.).