20 - 21 March 2014
A RARE SMALL QINGBAI PHOENIX-HEAD EWER
SOUTHERN SONG/YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY
The body is carved with eight vertical lobes that rise to a short ribbed neck surmounted by a phoenix head with incised eyes and feathers. Attached to the body is a strap handle and a short curved spout. The ewer is covered overall in a glaze of pale blue tone.
4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) high, wood box
Mayuyama Ryusendo, Tokyo, Japan.
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Compare the very similar phoenix-head ewer in the Carl Kempe Collection, illustrated by Bo Gyllensvärd in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 8, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Stockholm, Tokyo, 1982, no. 167.
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