Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
Height: 20.3 cm
World Ceramics, room 145
Glazed ewer with painted and splashed decoration
Southern China, Changsha, Tang dynasty, 700-900, with applied decoration and brown splashes
Museum no. C.833-1936, purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee 
This ewer belongs to a category of Chinese stoneware known as 'Changsha ware', Changsha being the name of a city in Hunan province south of the Yangzi River. The body is high-fired. The innovative feature is the appliqué decoration of grape vine highlighted in brown, providing a pleasing contrast against the buff colour of the object. The decoration would have been made separately from a mould, then adhered to the ewer, and finally a layer of brown glaze applied over it.