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Title

Ewer with double dragon handles

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Amphora
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware partly covered with transparent lead glaze
    Dimensions
    30.7 x 14.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    396.1988
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Two thin-necked dragons bite symmetrically into the rim of this round-bodied ewer. The object dates perhaps from the Tang dynasty. Archaeological findings show this type of ewer is often found in pairs in tombs, with some scholars speculating that they were part of 'mingqi' (funeral goods) popular from the early 7th to mid 8th centuries AD in today's Shaanxi and Henan provinces. The shape of such ewers may derive from Greek 'amphora', with Chinese potters modifying the design by adding dragon heads for the handles. By the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Chinese intellectuals often placed similar exotic 'amphora' in their studies, sometimes using them as ink containers. By the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) the famous Jingdezhen kiln made reproductions of such vessels, adding blue and white, and polychrome glaze.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications