A superb porcelain vase with a carved floral motif. The cylindrical body has a pear-shaped cross section – its body swells and flares into a narrow neck, creating S-shaped profile. The tall neck flanked by a pair of handles tapering towards the widely flared mouth with upturned rim. The vessel is covered overall with an even glaze. Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD)
Celadon vases of this ‘mallet’ shape which is generally known under the Japanese term kinuta. It has been suggested by several scholars that this shape, despite resembling a paper mallet, may in fact have been introduced to China as a glass vase or bottle from the Islamic west, possibly Iran.
No chips, cracks, crazing.
Measurements: 20.5 x 12 cm