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Amphora-Shaped Vase

7th or 8th century A.D.

Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum

The amphora shape of this vase, modeled after Hellenistic prototypes, has been translated into Chinese idiom by the use of a single color glaze and the substitution of dragon handles for the ordinary loop variety. The finely crackled, almost colorless glaze falls in a graceful swag that separates the glossy upper body from the unglazed portion below.

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  • Title: Amphora-Shaped Vase
  • Date Created: 7th or 8th century A.D.
  • Location: China, probably Hebei province
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
  • Provenance: (N. V. Hammer, Inc., New York), by 1969; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1969.
  • Rights: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: www.kimbellart.org
  • Medium: Stoneware with transparent glaze
  • Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)


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