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Shang Vase

Asian Art

This vase is part of a pair that entered the Museum's collection in 1932, but slight differences in size and decoration indicate that they were made at different times although following the same design. This form of Bottle Vase appears in the Song Dynasty (960–1279) as an archaistic revival of ancient bronze vessels, and the design of flowers connected by a scrolling vine is an adaptation of a Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) pattern. The Qing imperial court looked back to the Song and the Ming as two of the greatest eras of ceramic production, and the combination of a Song form and Ming decorative patterns is a Qing homage to China's past as a source of artistic excellence.

MEDIUM Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration
  • Place Made: Jiangxi, China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS 14 5/16 x 8 7/8 in. (36.3 x 22.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 32.1032.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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    CAPTION Shang Vase, 1736-1795. Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration, 14 5/16 x 8 7/8 in. (36.3 x 22.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1032.1. Creative Commons-BY
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