Hu (Chinese vessel type)
White (T'ien Pai) vase, ancient bronze form of Hu. Pear shaped with wide mouth and round footed base. Fine grained porcelain body with white glaze faintly tinged with green, exterior and interior. Wide neck with moulded sacred flame and cloud ornament. Shoulder has a wheelmade ring. Lower body depicts in moulded relief a unicorn, crouching on the Rocks of the Ten Thousand Tears which emerge from the sea. The sacred flames and clouds converging toward him. The winged deer opposite him with raised tail, wings indicating state of immortality. Wave relief pattern around bottom of body. Smooth footed base. Slightly recessed base has same glaze with formalized sela mark of Emperor Ch'ien Lung. Unglazed footrim. Wooden stand.
Bequest of Robert C. Alexander
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Knowles-Alexander Porcelains (Rotunda Case Exhibit) (27 Oct 1988 - 18 Jan 2001)
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