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 the body are minor firing fissures, clearly caused during the firing process of manufacture.
Height 5.5 cm (2.15 inches). This jarlet is in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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