Large Baluster Vase

Description: A high quality porcelain vase decorated using the Ming technique of ‘heaped and piled effect’. The artist applied thousands of tiny blue cobalt dots to painted designs. Cobalt was a very expensive material - originally imported from the Near East, but native sources were used later. The base is decorated with bands of water and floral motifs. The body with the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism and the stem with lotus and vine designs. The vase is in two parts with the stem being easily removable from the main body.

Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
Date collected: 1921-10-16
Measurements: Overall: 376 mm; 14 13/16 in
Type: Container

Note: Curator's note: This looks like an Imperial ware vase and it is likely to have come to Bell via the Dalai Lama, in fact that historical provenance has always been attached to this object, but on a detailed inspection of the List of Curios this item cannot be found. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.68
Other number(s): T06081 [Photography Number]; N2000.0389 [Photography Number]; N1980.0813 [Photography Number]; N1974.0459 [Photography Number]

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