Chinese Jar

Jar, early 20th century
Attribution unknown
Ceramic, porcelain
RC556.1
© Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Jar, early 20th century

A famille jaune (Chinese porcelain with the dominant colour of yellow) depicting a figure riding a qilin. The legendary animal is depicted with horns, green and blue scaly skin, the hooves of a deer, the head of a dragon and a bear’s tail. The qilin symbolises prosperity and longevity and is believed to live for at least 2000 years.

Vessels of this shape are called ginger jars in the West because they were often imported containing the spice. In China they were used to hold a variety of substances or were simply ornamental objects.

 

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