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Title

Ewer with Chicken head and dragon handle

0618-0907

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    EC62.1962
    Copyright

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 18. cat.no. 19

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