Ewer with a design of floral sprays

Jingdezhen ware



Artist Jingdezhen ware
Period China, Ming dynasty, 16th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with overglaze enamels and gold; Kinran-de style
Size H.19.0 MD.5.4 D.10.3 BD.6.7


This is a typical ewer of the Xianzhan-ping type decorated in wucai (five-color) porcelain enamels and gold. It is painted with overglaze enamels of red, green, blue, yellow and black, and further decorated with motifs in cut gold leaf. This technique, called kinrande from the florid decoration resembling kinran, or gold brocade silk fabric, was popular during the Jiajing period (1522–66).