for Indonesian export market; white glaze; globular body surmounted by ringed neck tapering toward a flattened stylized phoenix head with applied details, below a trumpet-form mouth

Pheasant-Head Ewer, 10th-11th century

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Tall vases with rilled necks and simple phoenix heads positioned under a flared mouth have been excavated from Liao territory in north China. This type, however, with its relatively strong modeling, long neck, and squat ewer form is associated with Guangdong province in extreme south China. The hard bodied, creamy-white glazed ware often incorporated incised or modeled ornamentation of an exotic bird. The unperforated beak of the bird does not act as a spout, suggesting that the vessel may have functioned as a vase rather than a ewer or possibly it was intended only as a non-functional bural vessel simulating the shape of a ewer.

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Title
Pheasant-Head Ewer
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Artist
Accession Number
95.91.3
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for Indonesian export market; white glaze; globular body surmounted by ringed neck tapering toward a flattened stylized phoenix head with applied details, below a trumpet-form mouth