Grave Urn Lid
|Current Location:||Collections Storage|
|Date Made:||Song Dynasty|
|Credit Line:||Gift of Charles L. Reese, 1979|
Made in two sections: 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 robed, 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.
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