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Water Jar (Yu)

Asian Art

MEDIUM Porcelain with glaze
  • Place Made: Jiangxi, China
  • DATES 1662-1722
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Kangxi Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 7/16 x 4 5/8 in. (3.7 x 11.8 cm) B: Lid: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 32.1209a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Water Jar (Yu), 1662-1722. Porcelain with glaze, 1 7/16 x 4 5/8 in. (3.7 x 11.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1209a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE component, a, 32.1209a_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Inner contracting mouth; squat shallow belly; shallow circular foot. Includes ivory cover. Monochrome glaze. Undecorated surface. 6-character cobalt-blue inscription in standard (kai) script: "Made during the Kangxi reign of the Great Qing". Beside lower unglazed section of circular foot, clear glaze with light green color on vessel's interior and foot's interior. Red-bean glaze, containing copper for its color, covers vessel's exterior. Since many layers of glaze were sprayed on, the glaze is also called "blown glaze", i.e. glazing by sufflation. Exposed area has green colored spots. Object used in a scholar's studio. Condition: Intact. Old Accession card: Water pot, with a low foot and a broad depressed globular body with a very wide mouth. Porcelain with a pinkish red peach bloom glaze strewn with small dark green dots and several blushes of lighter pink. The inside and the base are glazed white, and on the base is a six character Kangxi mark written in a deep underglaze blue. The pot is fitted with an ivory cover carved with openwork scrolls and flowers and is similar to 32.1211a-b.
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