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Jar and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1522-1566 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 8, shelf 4 []

Physical description

Jar and lid of porcelain, guan-shaped with globular body, short neck and spreading foot; domed lid with a lotus-bud shaped knob. Painted in red, green and yellow overglaze enamels, with scenes depicting family life of an official. Below, diapers of overlapping petals and of panels. Above, bands of peony scrolls and formal lotuses. On the lid, two bands of floral scrolls, on one of which are panels containing mystic knots. Base flat and unglazed.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1522-1566 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels


Height: 45.7 cm, Diameter: 35.6 cm

Descriptive line

Jar and lid, porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels, China, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1522-1566)

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

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Colour Plate No. 53
Clunas, Craig. 'Human figures in the decoration of Ming lacquer' in Oriental Art, Vol. XXXII, no. 2, 1986, pp. 177-1788. Photography of this jar in p. 184.

Production Note



Porcelain; Glaze


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Knots (motifs); Family life; Diaper-work; Lotus; Peony


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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