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Miniature figure of dog

Miniature figure of dog

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    11th century-12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J.S.T. Audley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 4, shelf 5

Small ceramic figures, similar to the animals pictured, were a popular product of the kiln site Guantai in China between the years 950-1150. Figurines such as this might have been used for play, but have also been found in tombs.

Guantai was an important kiln in the manufacture of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Jin dynasty (1115-1234). Cizhou was a popular ware, meaning that it was made not for the imperial household or elite connoisseurs, but ordinary people. This meant that Cizhou kilns produced a great variety of shapes, forms and decorations, such as these toy figures.

Physical description

Cizhou ware miniature figure of a dog wearing a collar, its head slightly turned to its right. Body covered with a greenish white glaze, with details highlighted in dark brown.

Place of Origin

China (made)


11th century-12th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, glazed


Height: 37 mm, Width: 40 mm, Depth: 21 mm

Descriptive line

Miniature figure of dog, glazed stoneware, Cizhou ware, China, Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 75, no. 75.





Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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