Ewer with Phoenixes

Period: Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)

Date: 11th–12th century

Culture: China

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

Dimensions: H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926

Accession Number: 26.292.73


This unique ewer, with its added decoration of a small figure on the handle and its fanciful spout and legs, illustrates the interest in complicated forms found in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in north China. Although they are not listed among the official kilns of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties, historical sources indicate that Yaozhou wares were also produced for imperial use.