Porcelain meiping vase with underglaze blue decoration. This small meiping has a cylindrical neck, broad sloping shoulders, a narrow waist, flared foot with bevelled edge and recessed base. Blue 'ruyi' cloud motifs form an all-over pattern on the body; the neck, which is painted with flowers, coins and lozenges, is encircled with a collar of 'ruyi' heads. A trigram pronounced 'li' is framed by a double ring on the base.
- 1540-1600 (circa)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Found/Acquired: China
- Height: 15.5 centimetres
Inscription CommentTrigram framed by a double ring.
The 'Ba gua' [Eight Trigrams] are arguably the most familiar symbols associated with Daoism. Trigrams, which are made up of combinations of three broken and unbroken parallel lines, are the basis for the sixty-four hexagrams of the 'Yijing' [Book of Changes]. The eight trigrams can be doubled up to create sixty-four hexagrams which are interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future. Unbroken trigram lines are considered to represent the masculine 'yang' element while broken trigram lines are associated with the feminine 'yin' element.
The deep blue cobalt used to decorate this meiping is typical of the second half of the Jiajing era or the early Wanli period.
Porcelain meiping vase with underglaze blue decoration. Blue ruyi cloud motifs form an all-over pattern on the body, the neck painted with flowers, coins and lozenges. A trigram is framed by a double ring on the base.
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Object reference number: RRC9169
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