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    Porcelain meiping vase with thickened mouth rim. The vase is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There is a scene of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior.

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    • 18thC
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    • Height: 60 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 659

    Meiping with Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

    The 竹林七仙 ('Zhulin qixian ‘Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove’], are depicted at ease, seated in groups, conversing, holding texts and leaning against books, in a bamboo grove. n. These scholarly men, known for their brains, musical talents and capacity for alcohol, lived in the late third century AD. They were later famed for refusing to serve a corrupt regime and were lauded for their actions. The theme was especially popular on porcelains of the 1630s and 1640s and again in the 1660s to 1670s.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1670–1800


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    • Medley 1976 p.25, no.659 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.35, no.659 bibliographic details
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Meiping vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with thickened mouth rim decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.

Meiping vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with thickened mouth rim decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.

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