Jar with Scrolling Vine and Gourds
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Diam. of rim 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Diam. of foot 2 7/8 in. (13.3 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1986
Jars in this shape, which were used to hold slops, are often called leys jars, after the Dutch term for such vessels. This shape is often found in Chinese ceramics after the early sixteenth century; however, the quality of the porcelain used here suggests that it may have been made slightly earlier.
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