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'Gu'-form vase with scholars and servants

Date: c.1635-1644
Overall: 43.5 x 20.5 cm (17 1/8 x 8 1/16 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: G99.1.16
DescriptionChinese porcelain vase of Gu-form, cylindrical with flared lip and foot, and a paneled mid section. It has an incised band of flowerheads and scrolls at the mouth, and hatched mountain band below mid section, double lines at foot, and a rounded base unglazed. Decorated in underglaze blue with three registers the upper with a scholar and attendant holding a flag, followed by an attendant holding a gift. There are two young children bearing a dish and a robe, watched by two guardian attendants, in a landscape. The middle register has lingzhi scroll and the lower with pendant leaf tips.