Bowl with Dog

Accession Number

Bowl with Dog


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
glaze on stoneware

1 7/8 in x 5 in x 5 in (4.76 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee

Subject matter
A shallow celadon mingqi (明器) (literally "bright objects") bowl with a dog, of the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-439).   

Zhejiang yue celadon potters of the Eastern Jin dynasty continued the Han dynasty custom of making mingqi items to supply tombs with everything the deceased needed for the afterlife. Instead of creating full houses with courtyards and livestock pens. Yue potters adapted, simplified, and shrank livestock pens by creating shallow wheel thrown bowls and placing a single dog, goat, sheep or pig inside them.   

Physical Description
A shallow basin with flat bottom and gently curved sides, a slightly inverted direct rim, and a single reclining dog sculpted in the center of the base.  It is covered in a gray-green celadon glaze.

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Primary Object Type

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Collection Area

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Canis familiaris (species)
animal housing (farm structures)
architectural models
bowls (vessels)
celadon (glaze)
ceramic (material)
stoneware (pottery)

4 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Cabinet F: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet F ➜ Shelf 2