Ewer with a spout in the form of a phoenixOn display
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Ewer with a spout in the form of a phoenix
Material and technique
earthenware, with moulded decoration under a sancai glaze; unglazed base; glazed rim
Dimensions32.5 x 15.5 x 12 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Professor A. H. Sayce, 1933.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.
Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.
Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.
Wood, N., and others, ‘A Technological Examination of Ninth-Tenth Century AD Abbasid Blue-and-White Ware from Iraq, and its Comparisons with Eighth Century AD Chinese Blue-and-White Sancai Ware’, Archaeometry, 49/4, (2007), pp. 670, 676 & 677, illus. p. 671 fig. 2(c)