- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 158
- Illustrations: 89 in black and white
- Dimensions: 8 3/4'' x 8 3/4''
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Suzanne G. Valenstein
- ISBN: 9781588392114
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A flamboyant earthenware covered container recently given to the Museum is one of the most extraordinary Chinese ceramics to have entered the collection. Nothing remotely like this object appears to have been published to date, and a number of authorities have confirmed that it is unique in their experience. This container has been attributed to the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577). A large, cylindrical object with slightly slanting sides, it stands on four truncated legs with paw- shaped feet. The mouth is deeply recessed to accommodate a flat, snugly fitting lid with a pierced flattened know at the center. This research monograph is divided into six sections, each delving into its historical context, cultural influence, significance and function.
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