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meiping

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1940,1214.258-259

  • Description

    Two porcelain meiping vase with underglaze blue decoration. These meiping each have a narrow neck with dish mouth, rounded shoulders, a slim waist and flared base with a stepped edge. They are decorated in underglaze blue with a band of stylized rocks and waves around the neck, ruyt heads on the shoulder, a continuous lotus scroll around the belly and plantain leaves encircling the foot. The base is unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1436-1456
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    The treatment of the lotus scroll here is very similar to a design on the exterior of a small dish excavated in September 1974 in Jiangxi province in the eastern suburbs of Jingdezhen in a tomb dated on the basis of an epitaph tablet to 1453, the fourth year of Jingtai. The dramatic form of these vases is not seen in commercial kiln vases after the fifteenth century.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 5:9, 5:10 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1940

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1940,1214.258-259

Porcelain meiping vase with underglaze blue decoration.  A band of rocks and waves decorate the neck followed by a collar of ruyi heads around the shoulder.  The main body is painted with a continuous lotus scroll, below which is a band of plantain leaves encircling the foot.

Porcelain meiping vase with underglaze blue decoration. A band of rocks and waves decorate the neck followed by a collar of ruyi heads around the shoulder. The main body is painted with a continuous lotus scroll, below which is a band of plantain leaves encircling the foot.

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