Ewer with a Flaring Mouth and a Dragon-shaped Handle



Period China, Sui - Tang dynasty, 7th century
Materials and techniques Stoneware with black glaze
Size H.40.0 MD.11.5×9.7 D.19.2 BD.13.8


This ewer is in the style of Persian vessels and features a handle in the shape of a dragon biting the mouth rim, squeezing the sides together. Whereas most ewers of this type are covered in a white glaze or a three-color glaze, this one is entirely covered in a black glaze except inside the footring. Rather large in size, the ewer displays the characteristic features of the Tang period in its full, swelling body and the tall splayed foot.