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Meiping Vase with carved Dragon Motif

Meiping Vase with carved Dragon Motif

1300s

Porcelain with pale bluish-white (qingbai; 青白) glaze and carved decoration

Overall: 27.6 x 16.5 cm (10 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.189

Did you know?

In Chinese mythology, the dragon is believed to transport human souls to the heavens after death.

Description

A fierce coiling dragon chasing a pearl amid mist and clouds—a symbol of fertility and power—decorates this sturdy vase. Its shoulder is incised with a band of lotus flowers and the base features a border of lotus petals. Meiping, literally prunus vase, derives its name from being used to display a single floral spray, traditionally a branch of blossoming plum (or prunus), apricot, or cherry.

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