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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    910-1000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, with design of brown spots

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 4

This ceramic jar is in the shape of a leather flask and is decorated in applied relief. It was produced in north China during the Liao dynasty (907-1125 AD). The leaders of the Liao dynasty belonged to the Qidan, a nomadic people who originally settled outside the borders of China. The jar imitates in shape and decoration the portable pouches, made of animal skins, used by the nomadic Qidan.
This type of vessel could have been made for the Qidan themselves as a sign of their changed, more sedentary life; or it could have been purchased by the Han Chinese intrigued by the novelty of the shape.

Physical description

This jar is in the shape of a leather flask.

Place of Origin

China (made)


910-1000 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, with design of brown spots


Height: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Flask, stoneware with design of brown spots, China, Liao dynasty (907-1124)

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London: V&A Publications, 2004. p. 42, no. 34.

Labels and date

Flask in form of leather bag
Liao dynasty

The flask imitates a portable pouch, made of animal skin, used by the nomadic Qidan people.

Stoneware with white glaze and brown spots
Museum no. C.103-1913 [2007]








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