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Glass bottle in the shape of a fish

Translucent blue green.Rim folded out, round, and in; tall cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downward, with horizontal tooled indent around base; uneven sloping shoulder; lentoid body, molded in the shape of... more

Jar in Shape of Archaic Bronze Vessel (Hu)

Like many early ceramic shapes, the shape of this storage jar is based on more expensive bronze and lacquer prototypes. The wide mouth, the articulated rim, and the amber glaze of this example help date the pie... more

Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Turtle

So-called “seal script,” seen here, is an archaic writing style that was standardized during the Qin (221–206 B.C.) and Han dynasties (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). It is characterized by straight lines of uniform width ... more

Glass bottle in the shape of a bird

Translucent blue.Trefoil, slightly thickened and rounded rim, turned to one side from body; long neck, expanding downwards, that merges with horizontal ovoid body, drawn out at back into a long, thin tail with ... more

Glass bottle in the shape of a bird

Translucent pale blue green.Long, solid, rounded beak; head projecting forward and slightly downward, attached to tubular neck that merges with plump body.Broken, with back part of body and tail missing; few bu... more

Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Turtle

Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)

Glass ornament in the shape of a fish

Translucent cobalt blue; trails and blobs in opaque red and opaque white.Solid cylindrical body tooled at front to make a large open mouth, tapering to point at back; under body, cylindrical stem and a larger c... more

Bronze object in the shape of a horn

Although the object’s function is uncertain, it clearly forms part of a richly decorated ornament. Below the acanthus fronds is a series of rosettes, inlaid with silver, niello, and copper. Imperial

Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa

These miniature rock-crystal reliquaries were turned on a lathe. Rock crystal was revered in the early Buddhist world for its purity and ability to transmit light. Each hemisphere has a receptacle to accommodat... more

Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa

These miniature rock-crystal reliquaries were turned on a lathe. Rock crystal was revered in the early Buddhist world for its purity and ability to transmit light. Each hemisphere has a receptacle to accommodat... more

Glass flask in the shape of a pine cone

Translucent light green.Plain everted rim; short cylindrical neck; pushed-in shoulder; elongated body with convex side tapering to thick, pointed bottom. Two mold seams run down sides of body.Body decorated wit... more

Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa

These miniature rock-crystal reliquaries were turned on a lathe. Rock crystal was revered in the early Buddhist world for its purity and ability to transmit light. Each hemisphere has a receptacle to accommodat... more

Terracotta oil lamp in the shape of a boat

Lamp in the form of a boat. Mid Imperial

Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Translucent pale blue green.Uneven knocked-off, slightly inverted rim; flaring neck; plastic body; flaring base with circular, flat bottom. Mold seams visible to either side of face, slightly misaligned on prop... more

Glass jar in the shape of a bunch of grapes

Translucent greenish yellow.Rim folded out, over, and in, then flattened into mouth; funnel neck; hollow projecting roll above shoulder collar; ovoid body; low cylindrical base, with concave bottom. Pontil scar... more

Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Chimera

Eastern Han (25–220)–Western Jin (265–316) dynasty

Glass jug in the shape of a bunch of grapes

Translucent cobalt blue with same color handle.Thick rim folded out, over, and in, with beveled inner lip; flaring mouth; tall cylindrical neck; piriform body; round bottom; handle with three ribs, attached wit... more

Ear Ornament in Twisted Shape

Proto–classical or Central Javanese period

Glass vessel in the shape of a basket

Translucent blue green; handle in same color.Rounded and slightly thickened rim; body: funnel-shaped profile on front and back, and conical at sides; tubular base ring, made by folding; kick in bottom with larg... more

Glass bottle in the shape of an animal

Translucent pale yellow green; handle, applied bits, and trail of uncertain color.Vessel shaped to resemble a quadruped. Rounded, thickened rim with slightly outsplayed lip; tubular neck that curves down and ro... more

Ear Ornament in Twisted Shape

Proto–classical or Central Javanese period

Ear Ornament in Twisted Shape

Proto–classical or Central Javanese period

Glass sprinkler bottle in the shape of a fish

Translucent pale blue green; applied trails and blobs in translucent deep turquoise blue.Rim tooled to form open mouth with projecting upper and lower jaws; cylindrical neck expanding downwards, folded in at ba... more

Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Chimera

Eastern Han (25–220)–Western Jin (265–316) dynasty

Vessel in the Shape of a Bear

The bear was a popular animal in exhibitions and circus acts. The vessel, probably used for oils or ointments for the bath, would havebeen filled through the hinged opening at the back of the bear’s neck and em... more

Glass bottle in the shape of an animal

Colorless with yellowish tinge; trail and applied feet in same glass.Thick rim, folded over and in, with flattened upper lip; tubular neck, turned upwards; elongated ovoid body; pontil pad on bottom between ear... more

Terracotta jug in the shape of a head of an African

Red-glazed jug in the form of an African's head. Imperial