Chinese collection

Item LL 6144
side view of vase of item LL 6144
detail of vase neck of item LL 6144
side view of vase of item LL 6144
view of base of vase of item LL 6144
side view of vase of item LL 6144

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.