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Description: Reverse reads "(feng-huang) ? on rocks amidst clouds. ? ? European. Please return to: Taft Museum, 316 Price Street" From the Taft Museum: Title: Phoenix Ewer Accession Number: 1931.18 Artist: Chinese (Ming dynasty) Date Completed: 1570-80 Date Acquired: 1931 Description: H. 11-3/4 in. Porcelain with silver-gilt mounts Fenghuang are East Asian mythological birds which are both male and female. It is sometimes called the "August Rooster" or the Chinese Phoenix. Its multicolored body symbolizes the six celestial bodies (sky, sun, moon, wind, earth and planets) and is a composite of many creatures, some of which might include the rooster, swallow, fowl, snake, goose, tortoise, stag, fish, pheasant, duck, peacock, crane, and/or parrot. It is sometimes a symbol of virtue and grace or loyalty and honesty. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B03F07_008_1
Subjects: Taft Museum of Art; Paintings; Arts and Entertainment; Galleries & museums; Ewers; Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919. Ming dynasty collection
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)