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. Around 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 - in this case the glaze is a little coarse and uneven in places. Unusually to the base is some kind of mark in underglaze blue.
Height 6 cm. There is a small chip to the rim edge but there is no restoration or repair.
This item is part of a recently acquired old English collection comprising mostly Ming Dynasty blue & white porcelain but also including a few earlier celadons and some South-East Asian ceramics.
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