Fine Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Deer Jar (large jarlet)
This attractive porcelain jar was made during the second half of the 16th century. It is coated in a thick glossy crackled glaze that covers both inner and outer surfaces. The underglaze blue decoration of very good colour features three deer, each with its head turned, standing amongst foliage. Around the shoulder is a scrolling rui lappet 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 much larger than most known examples of this general type with a height of 7.75 cm. It is an exceptional example of its type in fine condition and with no restoration or repair.
For information: there are two very similar jars in the British Museum collection, as illustrated and described in the fine book "Ming Ceramics in the British Museum", pages 295-296.
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