A phosphatic-splashed stoneware small ewer

唐 花釉瓷小執壺


The ewer is stoutly potted with a compressed pear-shaped body, set on the shoulders with a stubby spout opposite a loop handle set with a row of four bosses, with a further pair of bosses where the handle joins the short everted rim, and another on the tab of the handle where it joins the body. A dark brown glaze is applied overall, falling short of the solid tapered foot, onto which has been splashed milky-blue covering most of the shoulders and the inside of the mouth, with some drips and splashes around the sides. The unglazed foot shows the fine-grained grey ware. No other phosphatic-splashed ewer of this shape, with the unusual bosses along the handle, appears to have been published. Phosphatic-splashed wares are known to have been made at a number of kilns, the two best known both being in central Henan, at Duandian in Lushan county and Huangdao in Jia county.

For a discussion of phosphatic-splashed wares, see Robert Mowry, Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, pp. 94-102, where the author also illustrates a ewer of related form to the present one, though larger, no. 10, p.99.

Dimensions: Width: 12.5 cm, 4 ⅞ inches

Date: Tang dynasty (618-906), 8th/9th century

Stock No. 2316

Price: On Request