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Faceted Vase
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Faceted Vase

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Description The faceted square body of this vase resembles the archaic bronze "zun" ceremonial wine pot. This porcelain alternative is elaborately decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels of red, yellow, green, brown, and black. A four sided flared neck is painted with five clawed dragons of varied colors flying amid clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls. The interior is painted with floral sprays, which continue on the dividing panels of the body. Four main panels on the body depict landscape scenes including standing figures, trees, blossoming flowers, rockery, or river banks. Keyfret runs along the foot in alternating colors. The diverse palette of enamels used in decorating this vessel is referred to as the wucai palette.
Date Description Narrative
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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late 16th- early 17th century (Ming)
porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
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H: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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