What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by



  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Yue stoneware water-pot in the shape of a toad. The water-pot has greyish-green glaze. There is an incised naturalistic texture on body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 265-316
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17 millimetres
    • Width: 33 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Western Jin dynasty late 3rd -early 4th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 290

    Toad shaped water pot

    Several hundred kiln sites have been discovered in the area historically called Yue. These are mainly located in the areas of Shanglinhu, Dongqianhu and Shangyu. This water dropper was probably used by a literate man for adding water to ink for calligraphy.

    Stoneware with impressed and incised 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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.10, no.4 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.51, no.290 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Acquisition name

  • Department


  • Registration number


Yue stoneware water-pot in the shape of a toad. The  water-pot has greyish-green glaze. There is an incised naturalistic texture on body.

Copyright SOAS All rights reserved

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRC38707

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help