Jar

Jar

1522-66

Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

Overall: 34.6 cm (13 5/8 in.)

Worcester R. Warner Collection 1917.13

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The jar with brilliant cobalt blue decoration depicts the four seasons and stages in the life of a scholar-official.

Description

The jar is painted with vibrant underglaze cobalt blue depicting the four seasons and stages in the life of a scholar-official. In the first scene a scholar leaves his home in spring hoping to pass the civil service examinations in the city. In the autumn scene, he successfully returns on a horse, prepared for a career at court. The summer scene shows him as an aged man watching his offspring play along a lake. The winter scene depicts him writing while attendants offer him hot tea and break the ice for fresh water from the pond in the foreground.

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