Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020

White-Glazed Jar with Hidden Design

White-Glazed Jar with Hidden Design

1500s–1600s

Porcelain with sweet-white (tianbai; 甜白) glaze

Overall: 13.9 x 16.4 cm (5 1/2 x 6 7/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.185

Did you know?

Tianbai, or sweet-white glaze, was developed to accommodate the Yongle emperor’s (reigned 1403–24) preference for white ceramics.

Description

White was a ritual color used in Buddhist ceremonies, as well as the color of mourning. This jar is made of two molded halves that were joined where the vessel’s middle section shows a raised line. It is covered by a silky white glaze called “sweet-white” (tianbai; 甜白). A “hidden design” (anhua; 暗花) of floral scrolls on the shoulder and stylized petals around the base shine through the glaze. The jar may have been used as a planter, a vase for flowers, or it may have held incense sticks on a home altar.

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