From the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, although the non-Chinese Qidan Liao and the Jurchen Jin Dynasties constantly threatened Chinese territory, they engaged in active trade and cultural exchange, a fact reflected in ceramic production. The Pilgrim Bottle with incised peony sprays represents the integration of earlier Tang Dynasty ceramics and indigenous Liao forms, continuing the Tang lead-glaze tradition while imitating the shape and design of leather water pouches used by northern nomads.
Earthenware, green glaze
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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
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