An image of Gourd-shaped ewer

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Gourd-shaped ewer

Other titles:
Qingbai ware ewer of gourd form, Yingqing ware ewer of gourd form, Ewer of gourd form
Not on display
Further information

The ewer is in a gourd form with a curved tapering spout and a handle in the shape of a 'chi' dragon. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots, and covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-toned glaze. The advent of the Mongol Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to Southern Song traditions but did see the introduction of new decorative techniques both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled applique were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberant and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
China: Yuan dynasty 1279–1368
14th century
porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze
11.3 x 9.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Bodor Family 1999
Accession number