Jar with Scrolling Vine and Gourds

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: 15th–16th century

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.208.1


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.