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Wine Vessel (Zun) with Yellow Glaze and Zoomorphic Ears

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Period: Daoguang reign (1821–1850), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: height: 27.5 cm; mouth diameter: 15.5 cm; foot diameter: 13.8 cm

This wine vessel (zun) has a flared rim, short neck, sloping shoulders, round foot, and a round body that narrows toward the foot. The pair of ears on the shoulders are in the shape of an animal head. The entire interior, exterior of the body, and the area inside the foot are covered in a yellow glaze. The exterior base has an intaglio inscription of six seal-script characters in three lines that indicates the piece was made during the Daoguang reign (1821–1850) of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

This type of sacrificial ceramic vessel is documented in various sections of Illustrated Precedents for the Ritual Paraphernalia of the Imperial Court (Huangchao liqi tushi) and is one of eight sacrificial vessels officially designated by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–1795) in the thirteenth year (1748) of his reign. Apart from the yellow-glazed variety, the record also includes white, red, dark-blue, and pale-blue glazes.

Chinese entry by Tang Xuemei
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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