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A Grand Dragon-Handled Amphora of Tang Dynasty(618-907)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre AD 1000: Item # 868302

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A white-glazed amphora was in grandeur look.
By an ovoid belly, the wall sprang from the solid flat base, expanded rapidly then curved to form a bulging shoulder.
Under the dished mouth, the long ringed neck rested to the broad shoulder on which was circulated with a raised ridge.
The jar was mold with double dragon-handles which were decorated with scrolling crest on top and two knob-like pearls on the spine.
It was joyfully found that one of the small pearls on the spine was fallen from its original position but adhered nearing to the next one.
And another pearl nearing the crest was missing.
It was probably happened when in glazing and before firing.
The original indent can be obviously observed.
Biting to the rim, the faces of the dragons immersed into the dished mouth when their bodies formed a beautiful shape.
Applied totally with white slip all over the surface till to the edge of the bottom ( It was very uncommon, ‘cause most of the jars of this type were not glazed totally), the surface was preserved in a well and firm condition when milky-straw tint was revealed amid pine-points incursions and charming crackles.
Within the pleats of the rolled handles, subtle light-greenish glaze was accumulated by enduring old condition.
It is a great Tang amphora which most of the museums would own and for exhibitions

Date: Tang Dynasty(618-907),

Height: 29.2cm,