Covered Funeral Vase
Rows of carved lotus petals cover this Funeral Vase, reflecting the Chinese assimilation of non-Chinese motifs introduced along with the Buddhist religion. Although this Funeral Vase's exact function has not been determined, there may be links to grain offering jars found in Song tombs in southern China. The shape itself, with so-called spouts on the shoulder, may derive from burial jars in the form of bamboo roots with shoots protruding from the sides.
High-fired green ware (celadon)
Northern Song Dynasty
Northern Song Dynasty
This item is not on view
Gift from the collection of Edward A. Behr
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Covered Funeral Vase, 960-1127. High-fired green ware (celadon), 11 13/16 x 6 7/8 in. (30 x 17.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift from the collection of Edward A. Behr, 61.118.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.118.1_SL1.jpg)
overall, 61.118.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Multi-tubed vase: Straight mouth; 4 jointed body with constricted waist and drumlike belly; top of 3rd register has 5 tubes; tubes are decorative-not open to belly. "Wu guan" and "wu gu" has similar sound; for funerary grain storage. Curved incised patterns on coverÕs surface and 1st register of body. 2nd register has overturned lotus petals. 3rd and 4th registers is like lotus pattern. Lotus is a sacred Buddhist flower, and may have connections with Buddhism. Knob on cover is modeled after a lotus pod. Blue-green glaze on lid's surface and vessel's interior and exterior. Lid's interior, rim's interior, and base of circular foot are unglazed. Foot has a mark of firing encircling the base. Funerary ware (accompanying deceased).
Condition: Basically intact. Many chips on mouth rim and lid's rim. Repair on the upper section of one spout.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.