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Transitional Blue-and-White Square Bottle

Transitional Blue-and-White Square Bottle

1628-1722

Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue and white decoration

Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 2018.293

Description

The shape of this flask derives from European gin bottles. Its decoration in brilliant shades of blue with fantastic animal motifs—such as a leopard, the mystical qilin, a horse, and another imaginary beast—is characteristic of porcelain of the transitional period between the Ming and Qing dynasties when potters lost imperial patronage and experimented to find new clients in China and abroad.

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