Ewer in the shape of a bixie, Vietnam, Annam period, 7th–8th century

Ewer in the shape of a bixie, Vietnam, Annam period, 7th–8th century. Stoneware with straw-colored glaze, molded and incised decoration. 5 1/8 x 6 5/16 in (13 x 16 cm)Anonymous gift. Accession number 2002.748. © 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ewer in the shape of a bixie, a mythical animal that can frighten away evil and expel bad luck.

Provenance: Collected by the donor in Vietnam in 1990 or slightly earlier

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ: Truong, Philippe, The Elephant and the Lotus: Vietnamese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cat. 6