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Native NameHu (Chinese vessel type)
Object Number: 88-10-14A
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qianlong
Early Date: 1736
Late Date: 1795
Technique:T'ien Pai
Credit Line:Bequest of Robert C. Alexander, 1988
Other Number299 - Other Number


White (tianbai) vase, ancient bronze form of Hu. Pear shaped with wide mouth and round footed base. Fine grained porcelain body with white glaze faintly tinged with green, exterior and interior. Wide neck with molded sacred flame and cloud ornament. Shoulder has a wheelmade ring. Lower body depicts in molded relief a unicorn, crouching on the Rocks of the Ten Thousand Tears which emerge from the sea. The sacred flames and clouds converging toward him. The winged deer opposite him with raised tail, wings indicating state of immortality. Wave relief pattern around bottom of body. Smooth footed base. Slightly recessed base has same glaze with formalized seal mark of Emperor Qianlong. Unglazed footrim. Wooden stand.

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