Earthenware, white glaze vase with dragon handle

T'ang dynasty (A.D. 618-906)
Height: 36.0 cm Depth: 30.0 cm Midriff diameter: 18.6 cm

Two knobbed sinewy dragons rise from the nape of the slender neck, their heads lowered over the mouth of the vessel and jaws agape as if to take a sip. The arches of their necks form graceful handles. The pale grey-blue glaze adheres delicately the body and is minutely crackled and chipped in places, forming a fine-mesh design on the glazed surface. The exposed earthenware body is of a pale grey tone and displays two large russet streaks on one side. This piece is one of the finest example of T'ang pottery in the Museum collection.

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