Accession no: LL 6144
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Squared vase
Materials: Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD), Possibly around 1662-1680
Measurements: H. 54 cm, DB. 15.4 cm
Description: Square vase with straight sides, slightly tapering downwards, cylindrical neck, and spreading lip. The scenes probably depict incidents from 'Fengshen yanyi' (The Investiture of the Gods), a fantasy novel attributed to Xu Zhonglin (died around 1566). The emperor, the empress and a god in the clouds all feature on a different sides. On the neck, bamboos. Mark of the Jiajing period(1522-1566 AD); but the vase is of Kangxi date.
A complete scene on each side: (1) The Empress and her ladies in a garden receiving offerings. (2) Two warriors in front of a tent, and captives kneeling. In the clouds, a god with a drawn sword; moon and constellations above. (3) The Emperor seated before a screen in a garden, a lady dancing and others making music. (4) A man arriving at the door of a pavilion brandishing a club and threatening a hound (a dog used for hunting) in the doorway; from an upper window a lady looks out holding a candle; moon and constellations above.
Acquired by 1907.
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 188; National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, The Making of a Gallery - William Hesketh Lever, Collector & Builder, Guide One, Chinese Ceramics, Item No. 32.