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Wine Ewer

Asian Art

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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Frank K. Sanders, Jr.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE x-ray, CONS.69.14_2004_xrs_view01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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