rounded body; short, straight neck with flaring lip; tapering handle; pair of square decorative handles; chicken head spout; black glaze

Chicken-Head Ewer, 4th century

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Curious "chicken-head" spouts appear on a relatively large group of 4th century celadon and brown glazed wares produced at the yue kilns in South China. The sculptural spouts had no symbolic importance and likely evolved from late Zhou dynasty bronze ewers. This type of ewer with a robust globular body represents the style of Eastern Qin (317-420). With time, the basic form evolved into a taller, slender bodied vessel that was more often glazed in celadon. Likewise, the humble chicken head spout was transformed into more exotic birds including the pheasant and phoenix. Eventually, the bird heads were given more prominence, being raised from the shoulder of the vessel to terminate the elongated necks of the ewer or vase.

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Chicken-Head Ewer
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Accession Number
2001.7.1
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rounded body; short, straight neck with flaring lip; tapering handle; pair of square decorative handles; chicken head spout; black glaze