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    This small porcelain jar has a narrow neck, broad shoulders and an indented foot ring. It is painted beneath the glaze in iron brown and copper green with a rural scene of a village on a riverbank beneath a group of willow trees and with a boat floating down the river. There is a calligraphic inscription in grass script.


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    • 1800-1900
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    • Height: 6.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 8 centimetres
    • Weight: 0.15 kilograms
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        on side
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        春江泛舟 小霞寫
      • Inscription Transliteration

        chun jiang fan zhou xiao xia xie
      • Inscription Translation

        A rowing boat drifting on the Spring river painted by Little Xia
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Pot. Landscape. Made of ceramic, porcelain.

Pot. Landscape. Made of ceramic, porcelain.

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