Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: c.1690 (Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period)
Dimensions (cm): 106,5 x Ø 48
Inv. no.: PD0216
One of two high quality vases, with large lids, made in white porcelain. The decoration is in shades of cobalt blue. The objects portray two different episodes in which there are men, women and children. The theme could have been inspired by the Three Kingdoms Romance (San Guan Yan Yi), an epic tale written by Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400), during the latter years of the Yuan Dynasty.
The alternating episodes occupy four panels in the middle of these large jars, which are divided vertically by stripes and horizontally by a geometric frieze. The neck is decorated by a border with a double stripe of blue leaves. The leaves are painted with a lotus flower pattern alternating with triangular white flowers using a simple blue contour which are divided by small chrysanthemums and clover leafs.
Maria Antónia Pinto Matos