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Dragon-handled bowl
Place of Origin: China, Central Plains
Historical Period: Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)
Materials: Reddish low-fired ceramic with molded and grooved decooration and traces of red pigment
Dimensions: H. 3 1/8 in x W. 10 7/16i n x Diam. 7 1/16 in, H. 8 cm x W. 26.5 cm x Diam. 18 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B61P6+
On Display: No

Description

Label: The shape of the kui was an innovation of the Han period. On Han pictorial bricks, kui appeared as food containers from which people ate. Potters adapted features such as the dragon-headed handles and flat-based bowls seen among earlier artifacts. From the late Western Han, kilns at Guangdong-Guangxi in the south manufactured single-handled ceramic bowls. Northern pottery kui with dragon-headed handles have been found in Henan (Inst. Arch. 1959 Shaogou: pl.15; KGXB 1965.1: 126, figs. 6-8), Hebei (WW 1990.1: 22, fig.8), and Shaanxi (WW 1987.6: 49, fig. 14; KGWW 1990.6: 50, fig. 3), all dated to the Eastern Han period.
Label: The shape of the kui was an innovation of the Han period. On Han pictorial bricks, kui appeared as food containers from which people ate. Potters adapted features such as the dragon-headed handles and flat-based bowls seen among earlier artifacts. From the late Western Han, kilns at Guangdong-Guangxi in the south manufactured single-handled ceramic bowls. Northern pottery kui with dragon-headed handles have been found in Henan (Inst. Arch. 1959 Shaogou: pl.15; KGXB 1965.1: 126, figs. 6-8), Hebei (WW 1990.1: 22, fig.8), and Shaanxi (WW 1987.6: 49, fig. 14; KGWW 1990.6: 50, fig. 3), all dated to the Eastern Han period.