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Ewer with a Phoenix Head

8th century

Inspired by shapes of metal vases, this vessel has a spout in the form of a phoenix’s head. This mythical bird was a symbol of good fortune in China. Described in textual ancient sources as having a shimmering plumage, it is evoked here by the “three-colours” glazed decor typical of Tang dynasty potteries.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Herve Lewandowski

Artwork Details

Title: Ewer with a Phoenix Head
Geography: China
Date: 8th century

Medium: three colours glazed earthenware

Classification: container, vase, tableware
Dimensions: 36.5 x 17 x 18 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2018.002
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