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bianhu (pilgrimage flask) with dancing monkey
  • China
  • bianhu (pilgrimage flask) with dancing monkey, 600–700s, early Tang dynasty (618 CE–907 CE)
  • Where object was made: China
  • molded porcelain
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.9 x 12 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0030
Label Text

The flask (Bianhu) is standing on a splayed foot, decorated in high relief on both sides with a figure of a long-tailed monkey. The monkey is holding a wine ewer in one hand, and a stemcup in the other. The frame that encases the monkey is decorated with impressed medallions, whorls and rings. Geometric patterns are stamped around the monkey at the center.