Garlic head vase with dragons, flowers, and birds decor in polychrome enamels

Ming dynasty, Wan-li ware (A.D. 1573-1620)
Height: 45.5 cm, Depth: 43.4 cm, Diameter of mouth: 7.3 em, Diameter of foot: 14.3 cm

Large vases became very popular during the late Ming dynasty. This vase is decorated with fruit trees and birds, and takes dragons winding their way through flowers as its main motif. The colors are vivid with salient contrast. The combination of bright red, green, and blue is characteristic of late Ming polychrome enamels.

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