Chicken-Headed Ewer

Period: Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420)

Date: 4th–5th century

Culture: China

Medium: Stoneware with celadon glaze (Yue ware)

Dimensions: H. (to top of handle) 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Richard E. Linburn,1979

Accession Number: 1979.353


The beginnings of the Chinese celadon tradition can be traced to the Yue kilns (a term that comes from the ancient name for a region in Zhejiang Province), which in the fourth century began to produce highfired stoneware covered with gray-green glazes. Early examples such as this were produced as burial goods. The meaning of the chicken head on the spout remains obscure.