White monochrome tsun bird vase
Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368 1644)
Height: 24.1 cm Depth: 18.4 cm Mouth diameter: 7:3 cm
This tsun mounted on the back of a fowl is imitative of archaic bronze wine vessels. The tsun portion is ornamented in cleanly-incised k'uei dragon motives, with stylized blades of design decorating the throat and base. The feathers and the claws of the bird are carved in low relief. The piece as a whole presents a delightful composite of stately archaic form, stylized animal features combined with more realistic elements.
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