A Massive Doucai Octagonal Lidded Jar, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period (1522 - 1566)


Exceptionally potted doucai lidded jar and of octagonal baluster form, with rounded faceted sides rising from a slightly waisted base to a shoulder collar and a short neck, superbly painted at the broad centre with eight barbed pointed panels around the body with dancing dragon and phoenix in a multicolour doucai, all above lappet band, eight floral panels collaring the sloped shoulder, the neck is decorated with panel each containing composite flora spray against fret key pattern.. The lid has a cobalt blue knob and decorated with lotus flower of various colour, franked by diaper pattern at its rim. A six character mark is inscribed on its neck.

40.0 cm. High.

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