Bluish white-glazed ewer shows the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures

Updated: Dec 11, 2023 Print
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The bluish white-glazed ewer with a phoenix head-shaped spout, Jingdezhen kiln, Song Dynasty, from the collection of the Hainan Museum [Photo/Official website of the Hainan Museum]

With a glaze exhibiting a bluish tint over white, this ewer, an excellent example of its type made by the Jingdezhen kiln in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), appears translucent and sparkling.

The design of the ewer inherits the stylistic legacy of Persian metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The four-petal flower blooming at the mouth symbolizes a phoenix crown. The phoenix’s head features a large beak and big eyes. A long feather resembling a hook appears at the back of the phoenix head.

As a solid proof of the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, the ewer was allocated by the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China to the Hainan Museum.

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