On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
This clay flask mimics the shape of leather water vessels used by travelers throughout the world. In China, canteens made of animal skin were associated primarily with nomadic people—such as the ancestors of the Liao rulers—and with Buddhist pilgrims, who traveled long distances to visit holy sites. Many ceramic re-creations of leather flasks have been found in Liao tombs among the many items needed by the dynasty’s horse-riding elite for their journey into the afterlife.
Earthenware, green glaze
Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer, by exchange
Pilgrim Bottle, 907-1125. Earthenware, green glaze, 10 9/16 in. (26.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer, by exchange, 50.162. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.162_bw.jpg)
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