Unknown Artist, ‘Pouring vessel in the shape of mandarin ducks’, Ming-Hongzhi, Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong

This vessel takes the form of two side-by-side, conjoined mandarin ducks. The body has two holes. A bigger one, on the back, is for filling. The second, smaller hole is inside the beak of one of the ducks and is used for pouring. The flat base is unglazed. During the Ming period, pouring vessels in the shape of mandarin ducks were popular, especially for overseas markets. Similar wares were found at the shipwrecks at Lena Shoal in the Philippines.

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