Sep 19, 2012

Chicken-Headed Ewer

Chicken-Headed Ewer

AD 220–589

Green-glazed stoneware with incised, carved and applied decoration, Yue ware

Overall: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. MacDonald 1973.84


The development of high-fired celadon in the south was a significant achievement in Chinese ceramics history. The ewer's shape was indigenous and appeared to have been transformed from the hu (jar) attached with a small chicken head. Whereas the early chicken-headed ewers have a wide, stout body, this example represents a further development toward more elongated proportions, adding the decoration of carved lotus petals.

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