This is an early Chinese export rose mandarin or famille rose cream or gravy pitcher sometimes called pig snout. The hand painted figures are rose mandarin. And the Chinese text scrolls and the auspicious symbol motif are very much in the Chinese style. Decided orange peel effect on fine white porcelain. No marks on the bottom, only a little sand grit. Circa 1830.
About 7 inches long and 3 2/3 high. Very good condition with no chips, only a little wear to the black and to the gold. Original gold with fine detail in hair and the sword.
Chinese folklore has its share of women warriors. This is undoubtedly one or two scenes from a Peking opera. The scrolls are like sub-titles and they are displayed next to the stage. In a live performance, there are often large sub-titles next to the stage. This is helpful to people who may speak a different dialect. The real fans in the audience will know the lines by heart. This martial woman was an imperial concubine from the Han court about 2-300 a.d.
A lot going on in this little export pitcher.