Jar with Decoration of Fish and Aquatic Plants
Important Cultural Property

China, 16th century
H.33.8 cm

This jar, which bears the inscription, "Made in the Jiajing era of the Great Ming," has a design of aquatic plants and lotus depicted in cobalt blue, with flowers and fish in enamels of red, yellow, green and black. An orange color was also achieved by applying red enamel over a base of yellow. The cobalt used on this piece was imported from western Asia, resulting in a blue that is bright with a somewhat violet tinge. The combination of design and color on this jar make it an excellent work of Jiajing era five-color (wucai) porcelain.

Fujin (Wind God)
Circle (Enso)
Jar with Decoration of Peonies and Blue Magpies
Tea Leaf Jar with Design of Mt. Yoshino
Jar with Decoration of Fish and Aquatic Plants
Ewer with Brown and White Glaze
Dish of Nabeshima Style with Landscape Decoration
Tea Caddy of Bunrin Type, Known as "Hakata Bunrin"
Autumn Flowerbaskets
Letter to Master Shutong
Segment of a Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
Standing Nikko-bosatsu (Sunlight Bodhisattva)
Hotei, God of Fortune, Watching at Cock Fighting
Two Scenes from The Tale of Genji
The Zen Patriarchs Fengkan, Hanshan and Shide
Ceremonial Wall Hanging with "Tree of Life" Motif
Tea Bowl, Amamori Type
Circular Box with Decoration of Flower and Birds
Chest with Floral Decoration under Oxhorn