Sep 10, 2012
Sep 10, 2012

Waterpot with Ram's Head Spout

Waterpot with Ram's Head Spout


White jade

Overall: 4.7 x 11.8 cm (1 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.238


Pure white jade like this, known to the Chinese as "mutton-fat" jade, is particularly prized. The white color has been the preferred shade of jade throughout the ages. The radiance and purity are linked metaphorically to the virtues of the ideal Confucian scholar. The translucent quality of the jade has moral and poetic allusions attached to it.

See also
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
White jade

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