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Yue stoneware round box with domed cover and concave base with five setter marks. The box has olive brown glaze. There is a phoenix and sprays encircled by a double ring incised on lid.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 53 millimetres
- Diameter: 104 millimetres
Published PDF date : Tang dynasty 8th-10th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Box with phoenix
Potters have incised the cover of this round Yue stoneware box with a standing phoenix in the centre and leafy sprays at the edge. Phoenixes are traditionally regarded as auspicious emblems in China. They are composite creatures with the head of a cockerel, the neck of a mandarin duck, the back of a peacock, the legs of a crane and the tail of a pheasant. Here this decorative composition may have been adapted from chiselled metalwork designs.
Stoneware with incised decoration and green glaze
Yue ware 越窯
Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
Tang, about AD 700–916
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Object reference number: RRC38711
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