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White Porcelain Flask in Shape of an Air Bag
 

Tang Dynasty

Height: 16.2cm   Mouth Diameter: 2.4cm  

Width: 13.5cm   Thickness: 13cm

Unearthed from Lianhu District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province in 1956

This white glazed porcelain flask with a loop handle is an imitation of leather wineskins used by nomadic people. It is adorned with a suture line around its body and pattern of flower and leaf on its upper part. With a well-shaped body, it gives an air of expansion due to its fullness. Influenced by nomadic culture, such flasks were popular with people of the Tang Dynasty.