Blue and White Jar with Mythical Fu Lions

$488 USD
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H: 9.75" Dia: 9.0"
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This round, porcelain storage jar is brightly glazed in the classic blue-and-white manner. A combination of stenciled linework and hand-brushed shading, the sides of the jar are decorated with two mythical fu lion cubs playing with a brocade ball, a motif that evokes the idiom "may you and your descendants achieve high rank." Also known as shizi or fu dogs, the mythical lions offer protection from misfortune and are benevolent guardians of the home.

Additional Dimensions:
Without Lid: 9"H
Diameter of Opening: 3.75"
Diameter of Base: 7"

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Blue & White Porcelain

Soon after its development in the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368 AD), blue-and-white underglaze porcelain became a favorite of the imperial court. Its broad appeal rapidly extended beyond China’s borders, becoming a lucrative export commodity highly sought after in Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.

Using cobalt imported from Western Asia, ceramic artists ground the mineral into a vibrant blue pigment that was then painted directly on a porcelain base, coated with clear glaze, and fired. This underglaze technique brought with it a shift in focus from the overall shape of a vessel to the skill and artistry traceable in its painted decoration.

Transcending time and taste, blue-and-white porcelain continues to be appreciated around the world for the intricate brushwork and brilliant blue color.

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