GLAZED MINIATURE VESSEL
SOUTHERN DYNASTIES (420-589)
OR SUI DYNASTY (581-618)
7.2 cm high
The waisted sides of the vessel are adorned with finely incised lines, accentuating the shape. The slightly domed top of the simulated cover rises to a stepped pedestal set with a drop-shaped finial. The surface is covered with a thin crackled green glaze pooling at the flaring base. The unglazed underside has a small aperture in the centre.
This unusual miniature model of a covered vessel was probably a burial gift. The shape is made after metal containers of larger size. A Chinese bronze covered vessel, dating from the same period and of closely related shape, is in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, museum number B64B2.
Formerly in the collection of Nicholas Thompson