Chinese Ming Dynasty Small Blue & White Porcelain Deer Jar (Cracked)
This attractive small porcelain jar was made during the second half of the 16th century. It is coated in a thick crackled glaze that covers both inner and outer surfaces. The underglaze blue decoration features three deer, each with its head turned looking behind it, standing amongst foliage. Around the shoulder is a geometric floral pattern.
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.
This type of "Swatow" (also known as "Zhangzhou") ware is typically "heavily-potted" as is this example
This jar is larger than most known examples of this general type with a height of 7.5 cm. Although this jar is free from restoration or repair it does have minor "nibbling" to the glaze at the mouth edge and also a crack to the side of the body, not immediately obvious, that follows the crackle of the glaze.
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