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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Found/Acquired: China
- Height: 19 centimetres
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.
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.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC11748
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.