Porcelain meiping vase with incised relief decoration, glazed 'qingbai' on a mottled dark blue ground. This unusual meiping has rounded shoulders, tapering sides and a short tubular neck with thickened rim. It is decorated with motifs applied in relief and incised, glazed with a transparent blue-white glaze on a mottled dark blue ground. Three fish - a 'gui' [mandarin fish], 'li' [carp] and another variety of carp - are depicted in different attitudes among large flowering and budding lotus, growing in clusters, and other aquatic plants. Below this is a band of stylized crested waves. The base is smooth and unglazed with a narrow foot ring. This vase has been badly broken and is extensively restored.
- 1450-1500 (circa)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Found/Acquired: China
- Height: 40 centimetres
Nothing has been published to date from the Jingdezhen excavations which exactly matches this meiping. However, the formal arrangement of the lotus is very similar to that on a 'doucai' bowl excavated from a mid fifteenth-century context at Dongsiling, Jingdezhen. While reserved designs of fish among aquatic plants on a blue ground were first produced at Jingdezhen in the Xuande era, the quality of painting, porcelain and glaze suggest that the meiping was made later, in the fifteenth century.
Porcelain meiping vase with incised relief decoration, glazed qingbai on a mottled dark blue ground. Three fish - a mandarin fish and two varieties of carp - are depicted among lotus and other aquatic plants, below which is a band of stylised crested waves.
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Object reference number: RRC8635
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