Covered jar 鳳凰紋大罐
Floral and animal decor
Blue glaze and slip design
Ming dynasty (1368-1644), middle to second half of 16th century
Height 60 cm
Place of origin:
China, Jiangxi, imperial kilns of Jingdezhen
A deep violet blue glaze is overpainted with pinkish-white porcelain slip, showing residual traces of gilding. On the belly, stands a phoenix among rocks and a peony in bloom, as well as cranes surrounded by lotuses and bamboo. On the shoulder, seahorses and unicorns qilin 麒麟 gambol in the waves. The cover depicts four Buddhist lions playing with embroidered balls.