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Rhinoceros-shaped vessel

Rhinoceros-shaped vessel

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, unglazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 27

The Yuan (1271-1368) is the dynasty when China was ruled by Mongol emperors. Kilns became bigger to take advantage of economy of scale and were managed by competent entrepreneurs. Some kilns active in the preceding decades ceased production, but the Longquan, Jun, Cizhou and Jizhou kilns continued their success. Jingdezhen became an important ceramic producer. Yuan dynasty ceramics are as popular among collectors as their Song dynasty predecessors. This piece is a qingbai ware from Jingdezhen.

Physical description

Vessel in the form of a rhinoceros

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


13th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, unglazed


Height: 11.5 cm, Length: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Qingbai ware

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

Kerr, Rose. Song dynasty ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004, plate 105.

Labels and date

Vessel in form of a rhinoceros
Yuan dynasty
Jingdezhen kilns, south China

Porcelain with bluish (qingbai) glaze
Museum no. C.418-1923 [2007]




East Asia Collection

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