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Wine Jar (Guan)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

15th century

Porcelain with underglaze slip and overglaze enamel decoration (fahua)

12 5/16 x 12 3/16 inches (31.2 x 31 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of C. F. Yau, 1950

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Similar to cloisonné enamel wares, in which raised wires (cloisons) are used to fuse enamels onto a metal body, in fahua wares lines of raised liquid clay, called slip, are used to create a design on a ceramic body. The design is then filled in with a variety of colored glazes including dark blue, turquoise, purple, yellow, green, and cream. Produced from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, fahua appears on roof tiles and garden seats as well as on large vessels such as storage jars, vases, and incense burners.