Funerary vase, China, 1201-1400

Made:
1201-1400 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Tall pottery funerary vase with blue-green glaze, decorated with figures in relief, contained ashes in a tomb, Chinese, 1201 to 1400

Funerary vases or urns hold ashes after a cremation. They are found worldwide and are still used. The owner of this tall pottery vase may have been wealthy or important. It is elaborately decorated with a circle of robed figures and assorted birds, dragons and animals. The vase was acquired by the Wellcome collections in 1930 through the auction house Sotheby’s.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A657048
Measurements:
TOP: 95 mm,
BASE: 115 mm,
type:
sepulchral vase
taxonomy:
  • ceremonial object
  • funerary object
credit:
Sotheby's

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