14th-century vase in rare glaze features symbols of noble spirits

Updated: Apr 27, 2022 Print
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Lidded vase with Pine, Bamboo, and Plum Patterns, Hongwu reign of the Ming Dynasty, in the collection of the Nanjing Museum [Photo/]

The prunus vase (Meiping) with a lid from the Hongwu reign (1368-1398) is the only intact piece of its kind dating to that period. There are seven groups of patterns in under-glazed red on it, among which the pine, bamboo and plum tree patterns are highlighted. As a burial item of a princess of Emperor Yongle (1403-1424), the vase boasts an elegant shape and exquisite designs. From the collection of the Nanjing Museum.

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