Double Chicken-Headed Ewer
Especially during the ninth to eleventh centuries, Chinese connoisseurs prized high-fired green-glazed ceramics and compared their exquisite gray-green glazes to precious jade. Green-glazed ware, know generally as Yue ware but often called "celadon" in the West, was manufactured both for daily use and for burial. The Chicken-Headed Ewer was most likely produced as a burial good, and excavations have revealed comparable early examples in tombs from the fourth century to the seventh. The two spouts on the remarkable, tall Chicken-Headed Ewer are not functional, further identifying it as a burial object.
- Medium: Yue ware, stoneware, glaze
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 581-618 C.E.
- Dynasty: Sui Dynasty
- Period: Southern Dynasties
- Dimensions: 14 3/8 x 8 in. (36.5 x 20.3 cm) Diameter of mouth: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, The Arts of China, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 1996.26.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George J. Fan
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Double Chicken-Headed Ewer, 581-618 C.E. Yue ware, stoneware, glaze, 14 3/8 x 8 in. (36.5 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George J. Fan, 1996.26.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)