Vase in Shape of Archaic Bronze Vessel with Flowers and Birds

Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)

Date: late 17th–early 18th century

Culture: China

Medium: Porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze and gilded (Jingdezhen ware)

Dimensions: H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960

Accession Number: 61.200.66


The shape of this vase ultimately derives from archaic vessels used to serve and store wines. The decoration of flowers and birds is ubiquitous in Chinese art; however, the palette used to decorate the piece evolved in the seventeenth century as a refinement of earlier traditions.