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Amphora: C.608-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Unknown




Cup-mouthed amphora. Near-white, high-fired earthenware, thrown and turned with applied hand-modelled handles, partially clear lead-glaze. The amphora is of ovoid shape, with slender cylindrical neck and dish mouth. The strap handles extending from the shoulders of the vase are decorated at the top with dragons' heads descending into the mouth, and are adorned with three `bobbles' each. The glaze stops at a fairly regular line well above the base.


History note: Purchased from Franck, April 1921, by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d.1950) for £10.0s.0d; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 33.1 cm
Width: 16.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Tang Dynasty (618-907)
7th Century-8th Century#
Circa 600 - 800

Components of the work

Glaze composed of lead-glaze ( clear)

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.608-1991
Primary reference Number: 20978
Old object number: CHICER/269
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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