Parrot Lamp, Lý Dynasty, 11th – 12th c. A.D., Vietnam. Length: 19.5 cm © Zetterquist Galleries
A stoneware lamp in the shape of a parrot with backward facing head. The piece is finely carved with articulated feathers and facial features, as well as a band of lotus petals forming the base on which it stands. The piece is covered with a finely crackled translucent glaze that pools to a pale green color. The underside is unglazed, revealing a pale buff colored stoneware body. (With chips and fritting to rim.)
This piece is considered unusually fine for its masterful carving of feathers and head, as well as the well-controlled glaze. Other examples of this form can be seen in Vietnamese Ceramics; A Separate Tradition by Stevenson and Guy, Avery Press, 1997. Pls. 34-35.
Zetterquist Galleries (New York, NY), Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics with Highlights from the Brow Collection, 10-18 march 2017 at 3 East 66th Street, #1B, New York 10065. T (212) 751 0650 – firstname.lastname@example.org – zetterquist.com