This elegantly shaped ewer or amphora has a long neck and broad shoulder decorated with a rooster stretching its neck and two looped jade toned side ring handles. Opposite of the rooster is a long hand handle in the shape of a thirsty almost translucent dragon. The dragon's mouth is biting deeply into the rim of the ewer, as if drinking the wine stored inside.Here the rooster ('ji' in Chinese) is a pun of the word for luck, It can also represent the phoenix together the dragon and the rooster symbolize male and female yin & yang the two forces on which the cosmos operates. Some scholars believe that the resplendent bluish-green glaze harks back to the Longquan celadon wares made in the Song dynasty. Apparently this amphora was inspired by Tang dynasty pottery prototypes and is truly amazingly potted. During the Tang dynasty shapes of specific wares were influenced by Central Asia and Western Asia culture and amphora was one of them. Similar examples can be seen at museums in Mainland and Taiwan, the amphora in National Museum of China, and the white-glazed amphora in National Museum of History. The shape of current lot resembles these two amphoras, so as the ribbed neck of it. The kiln in which this masterpiece was produced is evidently one of the best of its time as the green up close appears to have motion, crackle is seen within and in various areas the potter fired it perfectly to match jade. Key areas to look at to recognize unique artistry would be the looped handles in which are white and black jade tone, the dragon is translucent and creamy toned in some areas his eye lids are completely jade tone. The very top of the rim to me appears spinach green jade mottled, the many variations in formation onto one piece shows the great craftsmanship skill of the kiln potter and the capability of the kiln itself. The measurements are as follows H- 14" to the top of the rim, at its highest point which would be the very top of the dragon H- 16" W- 6 at bulge.
The item "Antique Chinese Ceramic Vase Rooster Dragon Amphora Song Dynasty Fine Pottery" is in sale since Monday, February 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "arterature_gallery" and is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
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