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Amphora

Northern China, late Sui or early Tang dynasty, first half of 7th century
Stoneware with applied decoration and transparent greenish glaze
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Freer Gallery of Art F1943.4

This stoneware vase with a transparent greenish glaze combines artistic traditions from west and east. The amphora shape of a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck, and tall handles attests to the presence of Mediterranean and Central Asian influences that began to enrich Chinese ceramics in the sixth century. A pair of powerful dragons biting into the rim to form the handles is a purely Chinese design motif.

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