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Ming Dynasty baluster jar

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An image of Baluster Jar. Ruyi heads decorate the neck, and the shoulders have four roundels containing characters inscribed 'five sons graduate' reserved on diaper ground. The central scene is painted with five sons successful in the examinations returning home to their father, each with an attendant and a parasol, and visiting the Queen Mother of the West in the Moon, a hare with a pestle and mortar near her feet, above ruyi-shaped lappets round the foot. Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, decorated in underglaze-blue, height 19.0 cm, diameter 17.2 cm, circa 1400-1600. Ming Dynasty. Chinese.

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Baluster Jar. Ruyi heads decorate the neck, and the shoulders have four roundels containing characters inscribed 'five sons graduate' reserved on diaper ground. The central scene is painted with five sons successful in the examinations returning home to their father, each with an attendant and a parasol, and visiting the Queen Mother of the West in the Moon, a hare with a pestle and mortar near her feet, above ruyi-shaped lappets round the foot. Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, decorated in underglaze-blue, height 19.0 cm, diameter 17.2 cm, circa 1400-1600. Ming Dynasty. Chinese.

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  • Accession Number: C.714-1991
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/25.0
  • Focal length: 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1024 pixels
  • Image width: 837 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 686.72kB
  • Exposure time: 1/100
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 25/1
  • Captured: 2008:02:07 15:55:08

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15th Century 16th Century attendants baluster vase blue and white Chinese clothes clothing costume Fitz_AA glazed hard-paste porcelain jar Ming Dynasty porcelain ruyi sons thrown underglaze vase

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