White ware inkstone with taotie masksOn display
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White ware inkstone with taotie masks
Date7th - 8th century AD (AD 601 - 800)
Material and technique
stoneware, mould-made, with white glaze; unglazed base; glazed rim
Dimensions2.1 cm (height)
at top 5.2 cm (diameter)
at base 7 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
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.
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Stylized monster mask decoration with prominent eyes and scrolling horns. The motif has been known since the 1100s. Its significance remains mysterious.