This is a very rare and highly desirable Changsha kiln 9th century Tang Dynasty bird water dropper. Based on archaeological records, Changsha wares originated and were developed from the foundations of the Yue Zhou kilns which were built prior to the Tang Dynasty in the same region. Usually these are characterized by such components such as under-glazed brown and green motifs and with molded design in relief, appliqué designs or impressed designs in relief and also incised or carved designs. The unique feature of the water dropper is the olive/brown glaze that is more like yue ware, but the paste and glaze is actually one of the rarest Changsha kiln products that exist. This is due the absence of any under-glaze brown or green decoration as well as being void of any molded and incised decorative motifs. We also have listed a matching jar listed with the same paste color and texture, as well as the nearly identical glaze color(see item (# 842327).
The bird is missing its small loop handle, but is otherwise in very good antiquarian condition. The dropper measures 7.62 cm from spout to tail x 5.72 cm high, or 3" long x 2.25" high.