A Chinese ‘Loyang-style’ straw-glazed amphora
Tang dynasty (618-907)
The ovoid body modelled with narrow flared neck and applied with twin dragon handles that bite the mouth rim, covered with a straw-coloured glaze ending irregularly on the upper body.
H. 29 cm
– Cheung King Antiques, Hong Kong (1999)
– Collection Drs. Koos de Jong, Amsterdam
– R. Krahl, Yuegutang. Ein Berliner Sammlung Chinesischer Keramik, Berlin 2000, p. 110, no. 87
– R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Vol. I, London 1994, no. 224, p. 137
– [exhib.cat.] Yutaka Mino, Pre-Sung Dynasty Chinese Stonewares, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario 1974, no. 17, p. 30
The shape of the amphora is derived from Roman ceramic examples or Sassanid silverware, exported via various Silk Roads to China by Central Asian traders.