White Glazed Porcelain Canteen

White Glazed Porcelain Canteen
White Glazed Porcelain Canteen
Liao Dynasty
23.5 cm in height, 4.5 cm in mouth diameter,
9.5 cm in bottom diameter

In imitation of a leather watering can, this porcelain canteen with both the spout and the handle on the top was a common utensil of the nomadic Khitan people. There is an inscription of “guan” (“official”) carved on the bottom (not covered by glaze) of some objects of this kind, indicating that they were for the use of the Khitan royalty and nobility.

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White Glazed Porcelain Basin

White Glazed Porcelain Basin
White Glazed Porcelain Basin
Liao Dynasty (916-1125)
8 cm in height, 31 cm in mouth diameter, 18.3 cm in bottom diameter

This basin features porous brown roughcast and opaque white glaze. Fish and algae are first engraved, and then painted green on the inner wall. Though primitive and crude in form, it has very high artistic value and shows a distinct ethnic style of the Khitan people.

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