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Pear-Shaped Vase (ping): Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The subject of a craze that has lasted for centuries, China's signature blue and white porcelain came about as a tremendous technical breakthrough in the fourteenth century. This pear-shaped bottle, or (ping), stands near the beginning of this prized, long-popular tradition. Encircling the body of the vase is a spikey, three-clawed dragon painted in underglaze cobalt blue. In order to depict the dragon, cobalt blue designs were painted onto the white porcelain body and then bonded under a clear feldspathic glaze.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009