Yue stoneware model of a chicken coop with two birds roosting on the roof. The model has glossy greenish-grey glaze. There are two square holes cut into one side, and incised lines on body to imitate a wooden structure.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 70 millimetres
- Depth: 104 millimetres
Published PDF date : Wu-Western Jin dynasty 3rd-4th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Model of a bird house
This barrel shaped bird house has two realistically modelled birds applied to the roof and is incised with lines suggesting wooden struts. Two square holes for the birds to enter and exit the coop are carved into one side. Potters achieved this thin olive-green glaze colour by combining a mixture of wood ash and the clay also used for the Yue stoneware body. Local people from the area we now call Zhejiang province used this ceramic model as a substitute for a real bird house, together with other models, for burial. Archaeologists have excavated similar bird houses at various sites in China including one in a tomb near Nanjing dated equivalent to AD 301.
Stoneware with incised and applied decoration and pale olive-green glaze
Yue ware 越窯
Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
Western Jin dynasty, AD 265–316
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Object reference number: RRC38712
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