Porcelains in the Ming Jiajing era were dec;orated with a variety of techniques, the most dramatic of which is the combination of underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze polychrome enamels, called wucai, or "five colors." Wucai porcelains can of course have more or fewer than literally five colors, but the aim is for a brilliant, dramatic effect. The fish design on this Jar forms a kind of pun. The word for "fish ," yu, sounds the same as the word meaning "surplus" or "excess." Jin means "gold," and jinyu, or "goldfish," can become a pun on the phrase "surplus of gold."
- Medium: Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue decoration, overglaze
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 1522-1566
- Dynasty: Ming Dynasty
- Period: Jiajing (Chia Ching) Period
- Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 8 15/16 in. (23.3 x 22.7 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Imperial Jiajing mark on base
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, The Arts of China, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 52.49.14
- Credit Line: The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Globular Jar, 1522-1566. Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue decoration, overglaze, 9 3/16 x 8 15/16 in. (23.3 x 22.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins, 52.49.14. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Heavy porcelain with five color (wucai) decoration in overglaze enamels on white ground. Yellow fish are swimming amongst aquatic plants. Shoulder and base are bordered in radial and dentated leaf designs with red, green and underglaze blue outlines. Imperial Jiajing mark. Condition: Intact.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)