Vase (China), late 17th century
This is a vase. It was made by Unknown. It is dated late 17th century and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is glazed hard-paste porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
In the second half of the seventeenth century in China, during the Kangxi period, craftsmen mastered the technique of combining cobalt blue and copper red underglaze. This vase, dated from the Kangxi period, provides a fine example of the technique in its strong contrast of blue ground and coral-red carp. The carp, symbols of perseverance, portray the ancient story of fish winning dragonhood by surmounting the rapids of the Yellow River.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 43 x 17.5 cm (16 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Vase (China), late 17th century; Made by Unknown (Chinese); glazed hard-paste porcelain; H x diam.: 43 x 17.5 cm (16 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Gift from the Collection of Stanley Siegel; 1976-83-1