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Title

Ewer with Chicken head and dragon handle

0618-0907


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This elegantly shaped ewer has a long neck and a broad shoulder decorated with a rooster stretching its neck and four looped hoops. Opposite the rooster is a long handle in the shape of a thirsty dragon whose mouth is biting deeply into the rim of the ewer. Here the rooster ('ji' in Chinese) is a pun of the word for luck. It can also represent the phoenix. Together, the dragon and the rooster symbolise male and female -“yin” and “yang” - the two forces on which the cosmos operates.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Mingqi ewer


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

0618-0907


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with clear glaze


Dimensions

6.1 cm diam. of mouth; 23.2 x 11.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC62.1962



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Ivan McMeekin (Compilator), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 18. cat.no. 19

Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XXVIII. See 'Further Information' for text.