Vase decorated with floral medallions


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This lavish vase, produced in the imperial kilns of the Qing dynasty, is a virtual compendium of auspicious images, including lotus, dragons, bottle gourds, and more. Particularly prominent are the bats; because “bat” (fu 蝠) sounds like “good fortune” (fu 福) in Chinese, the animals bear this symbolic meaning.

Vase decorated with floral medallions, Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilding with engraved decoration (Jingdezhen ware) , China

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