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Porcelain with blue underglaze and overglaze in red, green and blue enamels
Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1957.62.b
This jar is painted with 16 figures of all ages enjoying a garden setting.
In the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This covered porcelain jar has blue underglaze and overglaze in red, green, and blue enamels. It shows Ming dynasty advancements in porcelain decoration and the creative mind of the talented artisans who made it.
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