Chinese Tang Dynasty Glazed Stoneware Ewer (AD 618 - 906)
This attractively-shaped ewer was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906), most likely at one of the kilns in Henan province. It is "heavily-potted" with sturdy loop handles and a short spout. The upper two-thirds of the body has been coated in a pale slip over which has been applied the yellow glaze. There are thin decorative bands around the shoulder and, although not immediately obvious, the upper surface has also been decorated with an impressed lattice pattern. The glaze has flaked a little where thin at the mouth edge. There are minor manufacturing faults to the lower unglazed body and an ancient chip to the flat base, possibly caused when the ewer was removed from the kiln after firing.
Height 22.75 cm (8.75 inches). Although there is no repair or restoration, there is a fine hairline, not easy to photograph, that surrounds part of the shoulder and then turns towards the base and then around part of the waist, although the ewer remains perfectly stable..
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