Ming Dynasty, 1500s
Very heavy pear-form bronze vase stylized after ceramic vases of the same period, probably intended as a decoration in a scholar’s studio. Cast with a graceful qilong dragon wrapped around the body and neck with its bifurcated tail terminating on the upper neck of the vase and above the dragon’s head. The dragon’s features are well defined, including the single horn on top of its head, a hairy mane and goatee, and also a prominent backbone. The vase retains its original rich, deep brown patina from years of handling and use. Good condition, except for a small dent to the lower part as seen in one picture, and also small nicks due to its age.
Height: 6 5/8 in.