A cloisonné enamel 'hu' vase
Ming dynasty, 17th century, China
明 17世紀 中國
Height: 39.5 cm, Diameter of the body: 24 cm
Height: 15.6 inches, Diameter of the body: 9.45 cm
The vase of archaistic Hu form is decorated with two pairs of dragons between the sacred flaming pearl, set amongst clouds and mountains, and reeling above crashing waves. The turquoise blue ground highlights the multi-coloured enamels, the foot encircled by scrolling lotus flowers, the neck by a row of vertical acanthus leaves. Two gilt bronze ring handles are suspended from stylised masks attached at the shoulder.