Bowl with Duck-Shaped SpoonArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date317-439Medium & Supportglaze on stonewareDimensions
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 LineGift of Ping and Zenobia LeeSubject 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.
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.Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypebowlAdditional Object Classification(s)CeramicCollection AreaAsianRights
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animal housing (farm structures)