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Jar and cover

  • Date:

    1725-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Miss Dorothy Bushell Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 31 []

This globular form jar and lid are made of porcelain painted under the glaze with cobalt blue. The decorative design depicts the eight Buddhist emblems; lotus, vase, paired fish, endless knot, flaming wheel, conch shell, canopy and umbrella as well as floral scrolls.
The shape and decorative design of this jar and lid are of 15th century style, though this object in fact dates to 1725-50. The cobalt blue is rich purplish colour. Its uneven application creates the 'heaped and piled' effect associated with Yuan and early Ming blue and white wares. The 'orange-peel' surface of the glaze is also typical of 15th century blue and white.

Physical description

White porcelain jar of globular form with lid, both painted in underglaze cobalt blue with the eight Buddhist emblems and lotus scrolls in early Ming style. There are two small ring lugs on the shoulder and the straight sided lid has a flat top and a bud-shaped knob.


1725-1750 (made)




Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter: 9.8 cm

Object history note

There is a Xuande bowl with this design in the Percival David Foundation which has been published in 'Illustrated Catalogue', section 3, 1963, No.B630, Plate XVIII. A 15th century jar and cover of this form is in the A. Clarke collection and was exhibited by the OCS in the exhibition Chinese Blue and White Porcelain', 1953-4, No.49, pl.6.

Descriptive line

Blue and white porcelain jar and cover

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rose Kerr (Ed.), T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and Design (V&A 1991) photo. p. 193.

Labels and date

Qing blue and white jar and lid
Mid Qing 1725-50
Bushell Gift [01/12/08]


Porcelain; Cobalt; Glaze


Throwing; Painting; Glazing; Firing

Subjects depicted

Lotus; Vase; Fish; Umbrella; Conch; Canopy; Wheel; Knot; Scroll

Production Type

Mass produced


East Asia Collection

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