Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. There is a diaper band in underglaze cobalt blue round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum in underglaze cobalt blue round the neck, a band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems in underglaze cobalt blue on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls, large scrolling flowers on the body, and lappets on the lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 394 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Large guan jar with phoenixes and flowers
Jingdezhen, a town in the southern province of Jiangxi, is one of the world’s earliest industrial towns. No other kiln complex can claim such a long and continuous history lasting some one thousand years. Jingdezhen blue-and-white porcelain is one of the world’s most influential ceramic types, sparking local copies across the globe. This porcelain guan jar has animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Around the neck is a band of auspicious emblems with phoenixes and flowers beneath. The main band shows large scrolling flowers, and stylised petals around the foot. The base and foot ring are unglazed.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Yuan dynasty, about AD1320–1350
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'Found in Constantinople. There is a similar jar in the Old Seraglio Collection.'
Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.
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