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Vessels: C.639A & B-1991

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Pair of tomb vessels. Porcelain, each covered with clear glaze encrusted with red dirt, and decorated with incised lotus petals and applied figures. Each vessel has a wide, cylindrical neck with horizontal rings on the inside made with a wheel. On the shoulders and the body are seven figures standing on an applied scroll band, incised with lotus petals. Each vessel tapers into a slightly everted foot with a recessed, flat base.
Vessel A has a wider neck. The seven figures surrounding the neck represent, two tomb guardians holding swords, and, five figures in robes holding with two hands, buttons of office which rest against their chins.
Vessel B has five figures in robes each holding (clockwise) animal heads: goat, monkey, chicken, dog and pig. The other two figures wear robes and perhaps represent the sun and moon.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 12 July 1934, by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950) for £6.5s.0d, Lot 15; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


Northern Song (960-1127)
Circa 960 - 1127

Components of the work

Vessel A Diameter 17.7 cm Height 25.3 cm
Vessel B Diameter 17.7 cm Height 26.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Porcelain, each covered with clear glaze encrusted with red dirt, decorated with incised and applied decoration

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.639A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21017
Old object number: CHICER/274 (2)
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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