A Changsha ware celadon ewer with brown splashes – Tang Dynasty

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The ewer has an ovoid form with a cylindrical neck with a flaring mouth rim. It has a large strap-handle to the rear and two smaller strap-handles to the sides, each formed from three rolled lengths of clay joined together. The spout on the shoulder has an octagonal tapered form. It is covered in a pale olive-green glaze and below the two side handles and the spout there are areas splashed in a brown glaze. The flat base is unglazed. It was produced in the Changsha kilns, Hunan.

Period: Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), 9th century

Size: Height 19.5 cm, diameter mouth 10.6 cm

Condition: Good condition considering age, glaze condition is very good, wear and firing flaws, three restored sections to the rim and two repairs to the handle (see pictures with UV-light), small repair to the spout.

Provenance: From a Swedish private collection

SKU: 47

References: There is a very similar ewer in the Lammett Collection, illustrated in “Tang Ceramics Changsha Kilns”, Timothy See-Yiu Lam, Lammett Arts, 1990, Hong Kong, colour plate 133.

More info: Changsha ware