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Water pot in form of a frog


Yue ware


Alternate image of Water pot in form of a frog by Yue ware
Alternate image of Water pot in form of a frog by Yue ware
Alternate image of Water pot in form of a frog by Yue ware
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Western Jin dynasty 265 - 316 → China
    Media category
    Materials used
    celadon stoneware
    9.9 x 19.0 cm
    Purchased 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Yue ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    During the period of the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin dynasty (220-316), ceramics produced at the Yue kilns of northern China were popularly potted in the form of lively animals. The rare frog-shaped water pot is an outstanding example of this kind. It shows an ovoid body with a slightly everted foot-rim enclosing a flat base. The frog, applied to the water pot's body in high relief, has a tight mouth, open and protruding eyes and squatting legs. On its back is a circular opening with a low mouth rim in a roped form. The body is decorated with small impressed circles and applied medallions. A transparent green glaze covers the surface of the pot, stopping unevenly above the foot. The water pot demonstrates that green glazed stoneware reached new heights in quality and complexity in the Western Jin.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Provenance

    El Camino Antiques - Art & Accessories, Jun 2005, California/United States of America, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 2005.

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