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Large Thick Walled Vase

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
This large pale-blue celadon vase was made by the imperial workshop for the guan (official) class of Confucian scholar-officials. On the base of the vessel are both the seal and the six-character reign mark of the Qianlong Emperor. As a Manchu ruling Han Chinese, the Qianlong Emperor looked back to the great golden ages of Chinese history and utilized these artistic references as a political means to enhance his own legitimacy.

During the rule of this avid collector of antiquities, the shapes and decorative motifs of ancient bronzes served as models for many ceramic forms and designs. The fixed ring handles with animal-head masks on this vase refer back to earlier Shang and Zhou dynasty bronzes used in rituals to the ancestors, with the clay here stained black under the handles to recall those earlier bronze handles.
MEDIUM Porcelain, glaze
DATES 1736-1795 C.E.
DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
PERIOD Qianlong Era
DIMENSIONS 21 15/16 x 15 3/8 in. (55.8 x 39 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS 6-character Qianlong reign mark on base
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 32.1244
CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Large Thick Walled Vase, 1736-1795 C.E. Porcelain, glaze, 21 15/16 x 15 3/8 in. (55.8 x 39 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1244. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1244_transp6048.jpg)
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 <em>Large Thick Walled Vase</em>, 1736-1795 C.E. Porcelain, glaze, 21 15/16 x 15 3/8 in. (55.8 x 39 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1244. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1244_transp6048.jpg)