Vase with double handles, Sui dynasty (581–618), celadon glazed stoneware, height 34,4 cm. National Gallery of Prague, Vp 579.
Ceramic wares with beige or greenish “celadon” glaze were among the most valued vessels in China. Their early examples, such as this vase inspired by ancient jars, are often based on archaic shapes. Like the celadons dating from the peak periods of the Song and Yuan dynasties, they are characterized by the pure forms and fine decoration that laid the foundation for Chinese aesthetic tradition of later periods.