Amphora with two handles in the form of dragons

Stoneware with straw-colored glaze. Slightly beveled foot, concave base.
Clay: hard, close-grained, buff-white with minute black particles and iron stains.
Glaze: transparent, tending to pale green; finely crazed, and, in places, peeled.
Decoration: moulded in relief .

Historical period(s)
Late Sui or early Tang dynasty, first half of the 7th century
Medium
Stoneware with applied decoration and transparent greenish glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 52.9 x 28.6 cm (20 13/16 x 11 1/4 in)
Geography
Northern China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1943.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
China, dragon, green glaze, stoneware, Sui dynasty (581 - 618), Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Stoneware with straw-colored glaze. Slightly beveled foot, concave base.
Clay: hard, close-grained, buff-white with minute black particles and iron stains.
Glaze: transparent, tending to pale green; finely crazed, and, in places, peeled.
Decoration: moulded in relief .

Published References
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1942-1943. Washington. pl. 2.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 22.
  • Grace Dunham Guest, Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 8.
  • Along the Silk Road. p. 16, fig. 2.
  • Mrs. Hin-cheung Lovell. Some Northern Chinese Wares of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries. vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1975. pp. 328-343, fig. 28.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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