A massive superbly carved polychrome lacquer vase, Hu
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period ( 1736-1795), China
Height: 70.5 cm, 27.76 inches
Of rectangular section, the Hu vase is carved in relief through red and black lacquer to the ochre ground with archaistic birds and dragons encircled by lappets and ket-fret borders, all within bands of further dragons and taotie masks. The neck, decorated by cicada lappets and roundels, is surmounted by two naturalistic deer head handles. The interior is neatly inset with a gilt-metal container.