18. M5042



Chinese amber and cream glazed pottery cup, bei, in the form of a carp, the body moulded with detailed scales and scrolls, supporting an eight-lobed petal-form rim, the tail forming the handle.

4 ½ inches, 11.5 cm long; 2 7/8 inches, 7.3 cm wide.

Tang dynasty, 7th – 8th century.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Purchased in Hong Kong, 15th August 1987.
  • Sold by S. H. Chan, Hong Kong.
  • Very few of this model appear to be published. A broken example of similar size is in the Jiyuan Museum, Henan Province, collection no. 307 2-106; another was sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Important Chinese Art, 17th March 2021, lot 223.


Two chips to rim and the tip of the handle restored, two tiny glaze flakes to the body retouched, tiny nibbles/flakes to the rim, natural fire flaws.