Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
This jar is one of the finest surviving examples of early blue-and-white porcelain. The very dark blue of the masterfully painted decoration indicates that the cobalt was imported from western Asia, dating the jar to a time before the mineral was discovered within China. In this early period, most blue-and-white wares were made for export to the Middle East, but this jar’s distinctive decoration suggests that it was made for domestic use. When said aloud, the Mandarin Chinese names for the four fish—mackerel, whitefish, carp, and freshwater perch (qing bai lian jie)—form a pun of the phrase meaning “honest and incorruptible,” a visual wordplay that a Mandarin-speaking audience would have appreciated.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration
11 15/16 x 13 3/4in. (30.3 x 34.9cm) (show scale)
The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins
Oviform jar, heavy porcelain body with transparent glaze and underglaze painting in cobalt blue of four fish amid lotus blossoms and aquatic plants. Unglazed base with broad foot rim. Waves encircle the neck. Except for small firing imperfections, condition is excellent.
Jingdezhen ware porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration.
Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants, 14th century. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration, 11 15/16 x 13 3/4in. (30.3 x 34.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins, 52.87.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.87.1_side1_PS9.jpg)
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