<em>Ewer with Phoenix Head</em>, ca. 10th century. Qingbai ware, stoneware, translucent glaze, height: 14 9/16 in. (37 cm); diameter: 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 54.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.7_detail_01_PS9.jpg)

Ewer with Phoenix Head

Medium: Qingbai ware, stoneware, translucent glaze

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 10th century

Dimensions: height: 14 9/16 in. (37 cm); diameter: 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)


Accession Number: 54.7

Image: 54.7_detail_01_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large ewer with phoenix head. Stoneware, when high fired turns a light grey-buff color. Translucent glaze with tints of pale blue-green and sometimes pale buff. Wheel made pot with molded phoenix head, handle and spout applied. Details in phoenix head incised. Three incised circles on body, two raised rings on neck. Condition: generally good, although there are firing flaws in the glaze. The following pieces are missing: top center of phoenix crest, tips of ears and one half of spout. This may well be a tenth century or early Sung example of 'ch'ing pai' ware. It was sold to the museum as coming (by a previous owner) from Indonesia. This ewer appears to be an export version of the famous phoenix-headed ewer from the Eumorfopoulos Collection in the British Museum.

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