An hexagonal porcelain container with straight sides and spreading bracket-lobed faceted foot, and a six-sided cover with hollow knob moulded in the form of a lion-like mythical beast. Inside the cover is unglazed but the container is glazed. The cover has been broken and repaired. Painted in each of the two sides with a scene. In one, a scholar dressed in a long red robe is standig in front of a desk, surrounded by Tai Hu rocks and bamboo, and approached by a servant. This scene may be identified as Wang Xizhi receiving a goose. The next scene shows a scholar wearing a yellow-green robe while a servant approaches with a large shan fan. The third scene shows a scholar gazing at the moon as a servant approaches. The cover painted with two lion-dogs pursuing brocade balls with auspicious symbols painted in black outlines with green, turquoise, yellow, red and black enamels. Traces of gilding are present on the clothes.
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