Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Browse: 288 objects

Reference URL


Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Greenwar funerary jar with five spouts

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


    • currently in research collection

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.


Publications online

  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Vessels of this type, whose tubular spouts open into the body – unlike the sockets of funerary jars such as [LI1301.211] and [LI1301.308] – have been identified as lamps by Zho Boqian, the senior archaeologist of the Longquan region. Several such lamps have been recovered from a hoard in Suining county, Sichuan province, believed to have been buried around the time the Mongols invaded the area, in 1234, and before the town fell, in 1242.

    The vessel has a wide body with nearly straight sides, curving in towards the straight, unevenly shaped foot, and an angled slanting shoulder applied with five tubular spouts, evenly spaced around a short narrow neck with broad slanting rim. The light blue-green glaze fully covers the piece except for the footring, which has fired a buff tone. It is suffused with paler specks due to burial degradation.

© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum