An image of Ewer with Chicken head and dragon handle

Unknown Artist

Ewer with Chicken head and dragon handle

Other titles:
Mingqi ewer
Location
Not on display
Further information

This elegantly shaped ewer has a long neck and a broad shoulder decorated with a rooster stretching its neck and four looped hoops. Opposite the rooster is a long handle in the shape of a thirsty dragon whose mouth is biting deeply into the rim of the ewer. 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 symbolise male and female -“yin” and “yang” - the two forces on which the cosmos operates.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Tang dynasty 618–907
Year
0618-0907
Media
Ceramic
Medium
stoneware with clear glaze
Dimensions
6.1 cm diam. of mouth; 23.2 x 11.8 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC62.1962