Underglaze-blue hu-flask with floral motif

Ming dynasty, Yung-lo period (A.D. 1403-1425)
Height: 27.3 cm Depth: 26.4 cm Mouth diameter: 3.4 cm Girth: 59.5 cm

Underglaze-blue porcelain, also called blue-and-white ware, was produced through furnace transmutation of cobalt pigment. Early Ming blue-and-white used a cobalt-blue pigment from Southeast Asia, which produced a vivid blue color and lively designs. This vessel is entirely decorated with floral designs. The effect is rich and elegant.

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