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.
- Medium: Porcelain with overglaze enamel
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 1662-1722
- Dynasty: Qing Dynasty
- Period: Kangxi (K'ang Hsi)
- Dimensions: 9 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 1 15/16 in. (25.1 x 16.5 x 4.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 69.14
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frank K. Sanders, Jr.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (80%)