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Title

Flask

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Liao dynasty 907 - 1125 → China
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    earthenware with yellow glaze
    Dimensions
    36.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr. Peter Elliott 2004
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    156.2004
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Of elongated proportion and exquisite potting, the flask is slender and elegant. It is an ovoid body surmounted on one side by a straight cylindrical neck that opens up to an everted rolled mouth. From the neck the rope-shaped handle sweeps down in a curve to the shoulder on another side. The body tapers down towards a spreading foot ring. A rich yellow glaze is applied to the flask to just short of the foot. This form of ceramic was popular during the Liao dynasty (907-1125), established by the Khitan, an ethnic group in northern China. It was essentially an imitation of a kind of leather water vase 'pinanghu' used by the Khitan.'

    Asian Art Department, 27 April 2004.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China