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  • Place of origin:

    Hunan (made)

  • Date:

    700-900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with applied reliefs and yellowish glaze over slip

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 36

This ewer was held horizontally and dipped three times into dark brown glaze. Small runs of glaze show how the ewer was turned between each dip.

Physical description

Ewer of buff stoneware, with applied reliefs and yellowish glaze over slip, with dipped areas of dark brown glaze. Globular with wide foot, short narrow neck, two small loop handles on the shoulders for suspension and a short faceted spout; the neck and spout cut down, a third larger handle missing. Decorated below the handles and spout with applied reliefs respectively of a figure in a dress ornamented with scrolls and carrying a drum, the other standing on a wheel and carrying a dish on his hand; below the spout, a quatrefoil shaped panel filled with crosshatching supported by two birds with scrolled feathers, under a large knot.

Place of Origin

Hunan (made)


700-900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with applied reliefs and yellowish glaze over slip


Height: 16.5 cm, Diameter: 8.6 cm

Descriptive line

Ewer, stoneware with applied reliefs and yellowish glaze over slip and dipped areas of dark brown glazes, China (Hunan province), Tang dynasty, 700-900

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. 65

Labels and date

Ewer with dipped areas of dark glaze,
Stoneware, with applied reliefs and cut-down neck and spout [2009]


Stoneware; Slip; Glaze


Applied work; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Figures; Birds


Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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