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Octagonal Vase
12th century - 13th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Octagonal Vase
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 12th century - 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: Glazed pottery
Dimensions: H.10-7/8 x Dia.6-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 2000.155.2
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

This ovoid vase has an octagonal cross section and each of the eight sides comprising the vessel is decorated with moulded recessed panels depicting one of the Eight Taoist Immortals amidst two floral sprays. The images of the immortals are shown standing on drifting clouds and each carry their identifying attributes.

A wax resist technique was employed in the decoration of this piece. The central panels were painted with wax before glazing to prevent the celadon glaze from adhering to those areas. Upon firing, the unglazed portions of the clay body burned a bright rust color due to iron compounds in the clay. The octagonal vase is the only vase shape known on which this technique is employed. While developed in late Sung, this type of decoration was most popular during the Yuan dynasty (1280-1368).

AMICA ID: MIA_.2000.155.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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