Chinese ceramic Sancai figure of a man in robes and tall hat on his head, standing on an octagonal platform. The figure is painted; the robes and cuffs of the sleeves are a dark green color, and the sleeves and under robe are a reddish orange color. The hat of the figure is also colored white and reddish orange. The head of the figure can detache from the body of the figure.
Bottle with full, rounded base that tapers into a thin neck that terminates in a lipped rim. From the neck up, the vase has a brown glaze. The body has a brownish gray glaze with a white drizzled squiggle decoration along it.
The celadon cup has a mildly inverted rim with curved sides that are bent once, at a sharp angle, near the base. The surface is coated with a greenish blue glaze. The slightly inward-turning mouth facilitates drinking while the sides curve gently toward the base.
Terracotta fragment carved on one side with an intricate patters of lines. There is a small hole on the bottom of the patterned side of the piece that does not go all the way through to the undecorated side.
A standing closed vessel with four pointed feet and is box-like in shape. The sides are intrically designed in a herringbone pattern of light blue and yellow matte finish. There is a glazed band in the center of the vessel of purple and pink tones that is also on the top and feet. The top overlaps itself with matte finished areas and glazed finished areas.
A small ceramic bowl with a dark brown glaze creating horizontal banding and a light blue glaze dripping on top it, heavier on the top of the cup and less towards the bottom. The bottom is unglazed and the top has only a clear glaze, allowing the color of the pottery to show through.
This is an unglazed stoneware bizen jar fired in a wood-burning kiln.
It has a hard, smooth surface with decorative incisions near the top of the jar. The lower portion has effect of color gradation of reds and browns. The lid seems to dip into the jar, and has a know handle. The entire piece is not perfectly formed, but has an organic aesthetic.
It is a medium size porcelain vase with pomegranate design in blue underglaze. The body is round with gentle shoulders; the mouth is wide and the neck is short and slightly inward. It has no foot. The pomegranate fruit and leaves are quickly executed with broad brush around the shoulder and the middle of the body. There is a band of a single line around the mouth and another around near the bottom. There is the artist’s signature “yû” on the eye. There is no foot but unglazed ring around the bottom; the eye is glazed.
Blue-and-white water dropper with landscape design
Artist Unknown, Korea
It is simple in shape, like a donut but with a sharply trimmed rim in the manner of a metal vessel. The hole in the middle is believed to be a symbol of Eastern philosophy. Designs are painted on the surface in cobalt blue pigment.
Globular ewer with short spout, flaring lip, and double-dragon handle
Artist Unknown, China
Globular-shaped ewer with spout and handle covered inside and out with a luminous dark brown glaze decorated on the shoulder with splashes of milky pale blue tone and stopping in an irregular line above the neatly finished flat foot to expose the granular ware.
Object Creation Date
8th century - 9th century
Medium and Support
stoneware with light buff body, dark brown glaze with bluish suffusions
Stoneware jar with natural ash glaze, squat body and lid. Along the widest horizontal stretch is a design of incised concentric circles, with another row above consisting of circles comprised of a pattern of impressions marking the edge of each circle. The convex curve of the lid also contains a row of incised concentric circles, before sloping into a concave valley, and rising up again to a small plateau. It is on this landing that a cintamani style knob rests.
Object Creation Date
7th century - 8th century
Medium and Support
stoneware with stamped design and natural ash glaze
Stoneware jar with natural ash glaze and rounded lid. Along the widest horizontal stretch is an incised circle-and-dot design. A design of concentric circles also loops around just as the rounded curve of the lid begins to flatten into a plateau on which a cintamani style knob rests.