Skip Navigation

Covered Funeral Vase

Asian Art

Rows of carved lotus petals cover this Funeral Vase, reflecting the Chinese assimilation of non-Chinese motifs introduced along with the Buddhist religion. Although this Funeral Vase's exact function has not been determined, there may be links to grain offering jars found in Song tombs in southern China. The shape itself, with so-called spouts on the shoulder, may derive from burial jars in the form of bamboo roots with shoots protruding from the sides.

MEDIUM High-fired green ware (celadon)
  • Place Made: Zhejiang, China
  • DATES 960–1127
    DYNASTY Northern Song Dynasty
    PERIOD Northern Song Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 11 13/16 x 6 7/8 in. (30 x 17.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift from the collection of Edward A. Behr
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Multi-tubed vase: Straight mouth; 4 jointed body with constricted waist and drumlike belly; top of 3rd register has 5 tubes; tubes are decorative-not open to belly. "Wu guan" and "wu gu" has similar sound; for funerary grain storage. Curved incised patterns on coverÕs surface and 1st register of body. 2nd register has overturned lotus petals. 3rd and 4th registers is like lotus pattern. Lotus is a sacred Buddhist flower, and may have connections with Buddhism. Knob on cover is modeled after a lotus pod. Blue-green glaze on lid's surface and vessel's interior and exterior. Lid's interior, rim's interior, and base of circular foot are unglazed. Foot has a mark of firing encircling the base. Funerary ware (accompanying deceased). Condition: Basically intact. Many chips on mouth rim and lid's rim. Repair on the upper section of one spout.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Covered Funeral Vase, 960–1127. High-fired green ware (celadon), 11 13/16 x 6 7/8 in. (30 x 17.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift from the collection of Edward A. Behr, 61.118.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.118.1_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 61.118.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.