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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    5th century-early 6th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Grey earthenware with slip and pigment

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 5

Physical description

Figure of a mythical bird with sockets for the wings, which are missing. Grey earthenware with slip and pigment. The bird has the face of a dog with ears erect, body and legs of a bird with long upturned tail. Flat rectangular base.

Place of Origin

China (made)


5th century-early 6th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Grey earthenware with slip and pigment


Height: 24.1 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of a mythical bird with sockets for the wings, grey earthenware with slip and pigment, China, Northern Wei period, 5th-early 6th century

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

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Monochrome Plate No. 32

Production Note

Label, 1994


Earthenware; Slip

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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