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Grave Urn

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Object Number:
79-15-1A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Jiangxi
Period:
Song Dynasty
Date Made:
Song Dynasty
Early Date:
960
Late Date:
1279
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Porcelain
Description:
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 yingqing.
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles L. Reese

Bibliography:

[Article] Lyons, Elizabeth. 1979. A Pair of Chinese Grave Urns: A Recent Gift to the Oriental Section of the Museum. Expedition. 22 (1)
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