Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: 17th century (Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period)
Dimensions (cm): 65 x Ø 49,1
Inv. no.: PD0329
One of two baluster-shaped pots. A piece made on a lathe, assembled in two parts whose junction is visible on the inside. The porcelain is white and heavy, covered in a bright, slightly blue.
The decoration completely fills the outside of the pots, which are painted in greyish cobalt blue. On the spout and at the beginning of the shoulder one may see, between the correspondent blue lines, a winding of leaves and lotus flowers and a border of ruyi heads and vegetal windings, contained in panels of stylized lotus stems.
Around the shoulder of the object, there are floral lambrequins with blue ruyi heads. On the body, two pairs of big peonies stand out.
The decoration of these pots is composed of very common elements in Chinese culture, like the Ruyi, that literally means ‘as you wish’ or good luck in Chinese, one of the auspicious symbols for a long and fruitful life. This symbol derives from the ruyi scepter, an object used in rituals from the Buddhist worship, topped by a stylized lingzhi; besides spring, the peony symbolizes wealth and good luck; the lotus is the symbol of summer, purity and youth, usual themes in the Buddhist and Taoist religions.