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Jar and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Museum number:

    1568:1, 2-1876

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case F, shelf 2 []

Chinese blue and white ceramics were much sought after outside China and found ready markets throughout the world. Large jars of this type were commonly exported to Middle Eastern markets where they were often customised with locally made metal mounts and fittings. The lid of this jar was made in Iran, probably in the late 16th or early 17th century.

Physical description

Porcelain, multi-lobed jar, painted in underglaze blue on the main body with stylised lotus flowers, with scroll work around neck and overlapping lotus petals around the base. Persian made cover of chased brass, depicting figures and geometric patterns.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1550-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Height: 27.3 cm register, Diameter: 21.6 cm register

Object history note

Bought in Persia (Iran).

Descriptive line

Blue and white porcelain jar (with Persian chased brass lid), one of a pair, China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, 1550-1600


Porcelain; Cobalt; Glaze


Throwing; Moulding; Painting; Glazing

Subjects depicted

Lotus flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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