Vase with cover

DATE:
12th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain with celadon glaze (Longquan ware)
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
10 7/8 × 5 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (27.62 × 13.97 × 14.61 cm) Vase: 8 5/8 × 5 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (21.91 × 13.97 × 14.61 cm) Cover: 2 × 3 1/4 × 3 1/4 in. (5.08 × 8.26 × 8.26 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Arts of Asia - China, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund
OBJECT NUMBER:
1971.16.A-B.M

General Description

The body of this vase is incised with a lotus pattern, while a small tiger curves around the neck and a swan rests on the lid. In addition to representing actual animals, these figures also act as protective spirits. All parts of this vessel are formed into a sculptural whole unified by the thick celadon glaze that covers both lid and body. The gray-green glaze resembling jade was one of the most treasured porcelain glazes in the Song dynasty (CE 960-1279).

Adapted from

  • Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art: Selected Works (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1984), 84.

  • Label text, 2012.

  • DMA Unpublished material.