Bowl with Duck-Shaped Spoon

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Bowl with Duck-Shaped Spoon


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
glaze on stoneware

2 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 4 15/16 in (5.24 cm x 12.54 cm x 12.54 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee

Subject matter
A shallow celadon mingqi (明器) (literally "bright objects") bowl with a duck-shaped spoon of the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-439).  It is sculpted to resemble a duck swimming in a pond. 

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 a flat bottom and gently curved sides, a slightly inverted direct rim, and a single duck shaped spoon, seperate but meant to be placed in the center of the base.  It is covered in a gray-green celadon glaze.

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animal housing (farm structures)
architectural models
bowls (vessels)
celadon (glaze)
ceramic (material)
ducks (birds)
stoneware (pottery)

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