This ewer in the shape of two stylized Chinese characters is a tour-de-force of decorative arts typical of the Kangxi era. The characters read wu jian, a reference to the traditional Chinese phrase wan shou wu jian, meaning "myriads of longevity, no boundaries." The ewer was probably intended as a birthday gift and thus has many auspicious motifs representing traditional symbols of longevity.
Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Kangxi (K'ang Hsi)
9 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 1 15/16 in. (25.1 x 16.5 x 4.9 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mrs. Frank K. Sanders, Jr.
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Wine Ewer, 1662-1722. Porcelain with overglaze enamel, 9 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 1 15/16 in. (25.1 x 16.5 x 4.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Frank K. Sanders, Jr., 69.14. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CONS.69.14_2004_xrs_view01.jpg)
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