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Lot 46. A 'Yue' 'Bird' bowl, Eastern Jin dynasty, 3rd-4th century. Diameter 3 7/8  in., 9.8 cmEstimate 8,000 — 12,000 USDLot sold 10,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.

of shallow rounded form with a narrow groove below the rim, the center of the interior set with a sculpted bird with outstretched wings perched on top a column, covered overall with a finely crackled glaze of pale grayish-green color continuing over the foot ring and base. 

NoteSee a related cupstand in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum illustrated in Ci Yuan Xie Cui, Hangzhou, 2009, p. 69. Compare also a similarly shaped bowl with two birds on a central pillar instead of one, and of a darker green glaze, in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey, San Francisco, 1996, pl. 107.

Sotheby's. Song Tradition: Early Ceramics from the Yang De Tang Collection. New York, 17 march 2015, 11:00 AM