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Prunus Vase (meiping) with Design of Peony and Lotus Scrolls

Artist Culture
Yuan dynasty, 1279–1368
early 14th century
Jingdezhen ware; porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration
Made in
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China, Asia
Ceramics, containers
Current Location
On View, Gallery 230
16 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (42.5 x 24.4 cm)
height: 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
diameter of mouth: 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
diameter of body: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
diameter of foot: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Edith Spink in memory of her husband, C. C. Johnson Spink
Public Domain
Object Number
The imperial blue and white porcelains of the Yuan dynasty were artistic and technical marvels. On this vase bold and intricate designs of lotus and peony in imported mineral cobalt stand out in horizontal sections against the pure white body of kaolin clay, all fused under a hard, clear glaze. Broad-shouldered and narrow waisted, the vase was used to display a single spray of blossoms, traditionally from a plum tree.
- 2000
Kaikodo (Howard and Mary Ann Rogers), New York, NY, USA [1]

2000 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Kaikodo [2]

[1] Invoice from Kaikodo dated February 18, 2000 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 9, 2000.
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