£300 - $480
A rare cast iron beaker Gu shaped vase with Halberd ji form handles. The shape form and decoration of the vase are all characteristic of the late Ming period. Ji form handles adapted from the cresent moon shaped cutting blade of the traditional Chinese Halberd occur from the latter half of the sixteenth century on both porcelain and bronze vases. The vase is cast with two bands of moulded archaistic lappet shaped panels containing Cicada motifs within Liewen borders divided by a narrow ring band. The Cicada is in traditional Chinese folklore a symbol of fertility, immortality and resurrection.
The use of iron in particular for larger vases and figures occurs during the latter part of the Ming dynasty, reflecting the general decline of the Chinese economy during the period, and the relative cost of bronze.
The vase is in overall good condition with some losses to the black lacquer paint around the handles and vertical seam, which show that the vase originally had a layer of gesso applied to which had been a green verdigris coloured pigment. The survival of the prominent Halberd handles is unusual. The vase weighs 2400gm and measures 26.8cm high. The diameter of the vases mouth measures 15cm in diameter, and its base 11cm. Further images are available on request.
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