Amphora-Shaped Vase

China, probably Hebei province
Tang dynasty (618–907)
7th or 8th century A.D.
Stoneware with transparent glaze
H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
AP 1969.16
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The amphora shape of this vase, modeled after Hellenistic prototypes, has been translated into Chinese idiom by the use of a single color glaze and the substitution of dragon handles for the ordinary loop variety. The finely crackled, almost colorless glaze falls in a graceful swag that separates the glossy upper body from the unglazed portion below.

Provenance

(N. V. Hammer, Inc., New York), by 1969; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1969.