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One of a Pair of Vases with Dragon Handles

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Cloisonné enamel with gilt bronze and champlevé
Dimensions:
H. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm)
Classification:
Cloisonné
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward G. Kennedy, 1929
Accession Number:
29.110.49
Not on view
The dragons in the four openwork cartouches on this vase are strikingly similar to those found on the robes in this gallery and illustrate the ubiquitous sharing of motifs that characterizes Chinese art in the Qing dynasty. This vase was most likely part of a set that included another vase, incense burner, and candlesticks, which would be displayed in public rooms and on ancestral altars. This vase is designed to be rotated on its base, a technical embellishment that is also (rarely) found in porcelain but has no true function.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy , New York (until 1929)
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