Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Not on view
The twisted shape of the vertical lobes that define this bottle, and the density of the decoration, suggest that it was made for the Japanese market. The inscription on the lower section of the vessel is a paean to diligence and to the importance of scholarship at court.