Kangxi period, 1700s / 1800s
The lid is decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with a depiction of Liu Bing, the founder of the Han Dynasty, attacking a snake, which was considered to be an omen predicting the founding of the Han Dynasty. This particular scene, probably from a woodblock printed book illustration, is seen from time to time on Shunzhi Period – early Kangxi transitional wares. The base is glazed and displays the classic six-character Kangxi mark. The paste is exposed on the footring and is textured of buff-colored China clay, consistent of soft paste porcelain. The clear glaze has an overall crackle, also consistent with soft paste porcelain wares. Very good condition with moderate wear and no damage.
Diameter: 3 ½ in., Height: 1 3/8 in.