A white pottery modeled ewer with the top molded in the form of a phoenix head holding a pearl in its beak and supporting a cup formed mouth; handle covered in amber glaze and finished in Persian style scrolls; amber, green and blue glaze



Tang dynasty (618-906), About 720

The horseman turning back over his shoulder to shoot his bow while galloping at full speed is a design that came from the Persian Empire and was a popular motif throughout Central Asia and China for hundreds of years. The other side of this ewer is decorated with a phoenix bird, the sign of rebirth and regeneration, perfect for a tomb object.

  • Titles Ewer (Descriptive)
  • Artist China
  • Medium glazed earthenware
  • Dimensions 12 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 in. (31.8 x 13.3 x 12.7 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by Helen Hudgens, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Geer, and the Birmingham Asian Art Society, AFI.3.2005
  • Work Type ewer
  • Classification Containers
  • On View