An exceptionally rare turquoise-glazed porcelain vase or flask made in the Jingdezhen kilns, Jiangxi province,China, during the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722). The neck is decorated with upright plantain leaves, each shoulder with styalized lotus scroll design and applied buddhistic lion head. The central panels front and back feature the Hehe Erxian - the twin Immortals of Union and Harmony - one holding a basket from which has been released a bat, in flight amongst clouds. Inside the mouth are the remains of brown paint which originally covered the inner surface - possibly in imitation of middle eastern earthenware vessels. Condition - excellent - no damages and no restoration. 25cm (9.9 inches) high; 18cm (7 inches) wide.