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Vase and lid

Vase and lid

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1796-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, decorated with yellow glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 34 []

Chinese emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) performed rituals every year at the Altars of Heaven, Earth, the Sun and the Moon. The rituals were considered essential for the well-being of the empire. Porcelains of different colours were placed at different altars, namely dark blue for Altar of Heaven, yellow for Altar of Earth, red for Altar of the Sun and light blue (considered as 'moon white') for the Altar of the Moon. While performing the ritual the emperor would have worned a sacrificial robe of a matching colour.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1796-1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, decorated with yellow glaze


Height: 29.2 cm

Descriptive line

Vase with yellow glaze, China, Qing dynasty, Jiajing reign (1796-1820)

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

Rose Kerr, 'Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, V & A.1998, No.


Ceremonial objects; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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