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Chamber Pot

Chinese

Artwork Details

Chamber Pot
317-439
Chinese
glaze on stoneware
6 7/16 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in (16.35 cm x 16.03 cm x 16.03 cm)
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.81

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Description

Subject Matter:

A chamber pot or huzi (虎子)  of the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-439.) 

Chamber pots were often made in the form of a tiger because huzi (虎子) also means "tiger cub" and can be used to describe a "brave young man."  The stoneware huzi of the Eastern Jin would have been more expensive, durable, and waterproof than the less-expensive earthenware ones.  Often glazed in celadon, as typical of the hongzhou kiln in Zhejiang province, these would have been made for daily use as well as for inclusion in tombs to provide for the afterlife. 

Physical Description:

A globular pot with a flat bottom, a neck and mouth angled to one side, and a coil handle curving up from neck to top of pot.  There is bow-string decoration around pot and neck, and it is covered in a gray-green glaze. 

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