Amphora with dragon handles

7th century C.E.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Vessels with unusual shapes were popular items for potters.The types included zoomorphic ewers, or pouring vessels, shaped like fantastic animals or birds, a popular chicken-spouted ewer with dragon-form handle, and during the Tang dynasty in particular, ewers and amphoras like this, with animal or dragon-form handles, which show the creature biting the pouring rim. This vessel is perhaps related to the chicken-spouted ewer with a single dragon-form handle, which was widely produced during the preceding Six Dynasties and Sui periods (3rd–7th century); however, here the vessel has a second dragon handle, and the chicken-head spout on the shoulder has been reduced to a mere appliqué mask. Masks applied at the base of each handle highlight the slender proportions and elegant profile of the vessel.

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  • Title: Amphora with dragon handles
  • Date Created: 7th century C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 18 1/32 in. (45.817 cm) Diameter: 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5277692/
  • Medium: Stoneware with cream-colored glaze


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