Celadon Phoenix-headed Pot with a Dragon-headed Handle

 Celadon Phoenix-headed Pot with a Dragon-headed Handle

Produced in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this celadon pot, 41.2cm high, was excavated from a site near Jixian County, Henan Province. The spout is in the shape of the head of a phoenix, and the dragon-shaped handle links the spout with the base. The pot’s belly has a depiction of six dancing men. The style seems to be a copy of a Persian vessels, which often had spouts in the shape of a bird’s head made of silver or gold, indicating the Flouring state of cultural exchanges between China and other countries during the Tang Dynasty.