An Archaistic 'Mythical Beast' Water Dropper

Teadust-glazed porcelain Length 8 cm (3.1 in.) China - Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735)

The water dropper is potted in the form of a Six Dynasties bronze mythical beast, depicted with its head raised, exposing its protruding snout. The back is decorated with a scrolling archaistic design. The beast stands on four squat legs. The apertures along either side of the mouth allow the water to flow in. The vessel is covered with a teadust glaze ribbing at the extremities and is fired on small spur marks. The piece rests on a shallow zitan silver inlaid stand.

Private collection, Japan


Maria Kiang Chinese Art

"Chinese Works of Art"

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