Song Period glazed terracotta lidded vessel in the shape of a bird (owl?) - CB.222 Origin: China Circa: 960
AD Dimensions:4" (10.2cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide Collection: Chinese Art Style: Song Dynasty Medium: Terracotta
The Song dynasty (960–1279 AD)
succeeded the Five Dynasties and
Ten Kingdoms period.
It was the first government in
world history to issue banknotes
nationally and the first Chinese
government to establish a
permanent standing navy.
This dynasty also witnessed the
first known use of gunpowder, as
well as the first discernment of the
true North by using a compass.