Round Persimmon Orange Jar

c. 1900
H: 8.5" Dia: 9.0"
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This phoenix tail vase is the perfect example of enduring Chinese symbolism and design. The body and flared neck of the vase bears a cartouche painting containing a picturesque scene. Each vignette displays a group of young boys in a traditional garden, playing with lotus flowers, reed organs, and ruyi scepters, a symbol of masculinity. All of these motifs express wishes of prosperity and longevity to the intended family. The white frames of each panel open like windows against the matte persimmon base glaze, giving an impression of parting clouds to reveal the imagery within. Fired during a time when western influences were making inroads throughout China, this squat vase sought to reinforce fundamental aspects of Chinese culture.

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