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    PDF.294

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC-10thC
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  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 53 millimetres
    • Diameter: 104 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Tang dynasty 8th-10th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 294

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.12, no.11 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.52, no.294 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc2/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.294

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.

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