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Gourd-Shaped Vase
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Gourd-Shaped Vase

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Description This two-lobed gourd-shaped vase consists of a grayish white porcelain body covered in a finely crackled glaze. The cracks create a network of light brown lines. Beneath the glaze are broad bands filled with lotuses, peonies, and lilies carved into the soft paste of the porcelain. Geometric key fret decorates the cinched waist that divides the gourd into upper and lower portions. Beneath the rim are further incised designs, depicting ruyi heads; this heart-shaped motif derives from the ruyi staff of Buddhist monastic leaders. While made during the Qing dynasty, this vase draws inspiration from prized Song dynasty white ware.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions Reign mark of the Qianlong emperor
Credit Bequest of Henry Walters, 1931

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1736-1795 (Qing dynasty (1644-1911))
soft paste porcelain with white crackled glaze
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H: 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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