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'Bitong' (brush pot) with 'qilin' (mythical animal)

Date: c.1635-1644
Overall: 19.7 x 19.4 cm (7 3/4 x 7 5/8 in.)
Medium: Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue
Credit Line: The Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain
Origin:China, Jiangxi, Jingdezhen
Object number: G99.1.14
DescriptionChinese porcelain brush pot (bitong) of cylindrical form slightly flaring at the mouth. It is incised with double line bands at mouth and foot, and a neatly rounded base unglazed. Decorated in underglaze blue with a seated qilin among rockwork, trees, mountains and other foliage with v-strokes.