Green-glazed ewer with spout in the shape of a chicken's head and handle in the form of a dragon's head and neck
Chinese connoisseurs prized high-fired green-glazed ceramics and compared their exquisite gray-green glazes to precious jade. Green-glazed ware, know generally as Yueh ware but often called "celadon" in the West, was manufactured both for daily use and for burial. In the Eastern Jin period (317-420) the repertory of vessel shapes was greatly diversified, the chicken-headed ewer being one of the most notable of the new types. The complex shape and thick glossy celadon glaze of the ewer are evidence of the growing skill and technical advances during this time.