A small Yue-ware bowl
The bowl has gently rounded sides and a grooved rim. The interior contains a small dog seated with its head looking upwards. The bowl is covered with a greyish-green crackled glaze with eight iron oxide spots covering the interior and exterior of the rim. The concave base is partly glazed and revealing the grey stoneware.
12 cm diameter
Acquired in China in the early 1980s
From the beginning of the third century bowls with pigs, dogs, sheep and other domestic animals were often made intended for tombs.
A very similar bowl is in The New Orleans Museum of Art and illustrated in Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Five Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics from the collection of Robin and R. Randolph Richmond, Jr., Louisiana, 2005, pl. 24.