This funerary container or spirit jar is covered with figures and forms which, in their entirety, fulfil the needs of the deceased in the next life. The neck features a swarm of birds attracted to the grain placed in the small pots attached to the vessel. Both birds and grains are symbols of abundance. The architectural structures provide shelter for domestic animals, and a living space for the human figures, possibly the Daoist Immortals whom the deceased will meet in the next world.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label