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Asian Art

Vase with Dragon Handles

7th century c.e.

Stoneware with white slip and glaze

13 3/8 × 6 in. (34 × 15.2 cm)
Gift of Denise and George Hopper Fitch, B.A. 1932
This vase was used to transport wine, and its shape echoes that of amphorae made throughout the eastern Mediterranean. The dragon handles and the flat bottom, however, attest to the adaptation of this vessel in China.
On view
Sui dynasty (581–617 C.E.) or Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)
Containers - Ceramics

Denise and George Hopper Fitch, San Francisco, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 19, no. 25, ill.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 75–76, no. 30, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 291, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.