Grave Urn Lid
Made in two section: an ovoid pot with a tall ridged neck and a beehive shaped cover surmounted by a bird. A horned dragon is curled completely around the neck. Above on loop is a disk motif possibly representing a pearl. Below the dragon is a tortoise, and next to it a snake. Twelve standing, long roved, figures, each holding a baton, encircle the base of the neck. A small kneeling figure is squeezed into the middle of the row. The fabric is a buff clay covered with a thin, slightly crackled glaze that appears nearly colorless, but has a clear blue green tint where it collects in the crevices. This type of pottery is called ying chi'ing.
Gift of Charles L. Reese
[Article] Lyons, Elizabeth. 1979. A Pair of Chinese Grave Urns: A Recent Gift to the Oriental Section of the Museum. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 22 (1)
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