Ewer with Phoenix Head
c. 900 A.D.
Qingbai stoneware, translucent glaze
14.5 " high
Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Museum's phoenix-headed ewer is a superb example of ingbai, or "blue-white" glazed high-fire ceramic. The head is wonderfully carved and modeled and truly ferocious in appearance. It is the skill of the Chinese potter, however, that makes this ewer such a compelling vessel. The quality and color of the glaze, which appears blue-green with opaque white inclusions where it is thickest, link it to archeologically excavated kiln sites in southern China.
Tang or early Song dynasty (possibly 10th century)
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