Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Deer Jarlet
This attractive small porcelain jar, or jarlet, 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 two deer, each with its head turned to its left, 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, and often has minor manufacturing imperfections, such as the small kiln scar on the body where, it seems, this jarlet was in contact with another in the kiln during firing.
Height 5.25 cm. This jar is free from restoration or repair but does have some "nibbling" and glaze loss to the edge of the vulnerable mouth.
For information we show this jar next to another Ming "deer jarlet" (see our stock number M0826) where the decoration is obviously the same pattern but is less well executed as on this example.
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