late 1800s-early 1900s
Porcelain with underglaze blue
Outer diameter: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.); Overall: 49.4 cm (19 7/16 in.)
Gift of Yamanaka Shoji in memory of Jiro Yamanaka 1989.117
This vase with broad shoulders and tall neck represents a typical style of blue-and-white porcelain of the 1800s. Unlike earlier examples decorated mainly with literati themes that evoke ethical values—plum blossoms, bamboos, orchids, and chrysanthemums—works of the 1800s feature fully bloomed peonies and a pair of playful birds to express one’s wish for everlasting wealth and happiness.
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