Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Deer Jarlet - Wanli Reign
This attractive small porcelain jar, or jarlet, was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. It has a thick crackled glaze that covers both inner and outer surfaces. The underglaze blue decoration features two deer, each with its head lowered, standing amongst foliage. The deer is a symbol of long life as it is said to be the only animal able to find the sacred fungus of immortality. Surrounding the shoulder is a geometric star-shaped pattern. This type of "Swatow" (also known as "Zhangzhou") ware is typically fairly "heavily-potted" as is this example, and often has minor manufacturing imperfections. To part of the shoulder are firing fissures and a small kiln scar, clearly caused during the firing process of manufacture.
Height 5.5 cm (2.15 inches). This jarlet has been recovered from a shipwreck and, notwithstanding the firing fault, is in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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