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Vase with phoenix
Date1400 - 1425
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Material and technique
porcelain, with carved decoration under a sweet white (tianbai) glaze
Dimensions17.5 x 13.5 x 10 cm max. (height x width x depth)
depth at foot 17.5 x 13.5 x 7.7 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Bequeathed by E. H. North, 1980.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
Glossary of terms
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.
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.