Bowl with Dragons among Waves

Period: Five Dynasties (907–960)

Date: 10th century

Culture: China

Medium: Stoneware with carved and incised decoration under celadon glaze (Yue ware)

Dimensions: Diam. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.56.36


In the West, the term celadon is often used to describe ceramics covered with green glazes. In China, stoneware with celadon glaze is classified by the name of the kiln at which it was produced. This large bowl, with its three lively dragons frolicking in waves, comes from the eponymous Yue kilns in Zhejiang Province, which began making celadons as early as the second century B.C. Yue ware was used domestically as well as traded, particularly from the eighth to the eleventh century, when work at the Yue kilns ceased. Examples have been found as far west as Africa.