Vase with Bird and Flower Design

Vase with Bird and Flower Design

백자 청화 화조문 호 (白磁靑畵花鳥文壺)

1800s-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

Description

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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