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Jar

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1350-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    E. V. Lee Gift

  • Museum number:

    FE.34-1972

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 4

This jar belongs to the so-called Longquan wares, characterised by greenish or celadon glazes, and named after an important production area in South China active from the Song (960-1279) to the early Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The Longquan vessels were often decorated with designs incised, carved, moulded or applied in relief on the surface, and then covered with the glaze.
This example, with a short, small neck, was used to serve wine. A plug would have sealed the mouth. It is of particular interest for the four Chinese ideograms carved in relief under the glaze: 'mei jiu qing xiang' (fine wine, pure fragrance), which directly refer to the function of the jar. This inscription also appears on other pieces produced in the Longquan kilns, and possibly represents a trade mark.

Physical description

Jar of 'meiping' form, with high shoulders, small short neck and thick foot. The vase is decorated with four panels with ideograms in carved relief and floral motifs on the shoulders, a large band of floral scrolls on the central part, and tall petals rising from the foot on the bottom section. A light-green celadon glaze covers the body.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1350-1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

Fine wine, pure fragrance
Trade mark; Chinese; mei jiu ching xiang; on the jar's shoulders

Dimensions

Height: 47 cm

Descriptive line

Longquan ware

Labels and date

Vase (meiping) with inscription 'Fine wine with delicate aroma'
Yuan-Ming dynasty
1350-1400
Longquan kilns, south China

Stoneware with olive green (celadon) glaze
Museum no. FE.34-1972
E.V. Lee Gift [2007]

Production Note

Yuan-Ming dynasties

Subjects depicted

Ideograms; Flowers

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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