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Green Garlic-head Vase with Ruyi-Sceptre-Shaped Handles

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Kiln: Jingdezhen kilns
Period: Yongzheng reign (1723-1735), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Glazetype: green glaze
Dimensions: height: 26.3 cm, mouth diameter: 5.3 cm, foot diameter: 11 cm

The vase is glazed in pale green with a hint of yellow. A pair of handles in the shape of ruyi sceptres links the garlic head to the round shoulder. The vase is carved with a pattern of interlocking lotus around the stomach and the mouth. The shoulder is detailed with a pattern of ruyi-heads and three bowstrings. In the white-glazed foot ring the Yongzheng Emperor's reign mark is written in blue. The Yongzheng period saw the start of porcelain ware with this distinctive yellowish-green glaze.

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