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Jin Dynasty
金朝
Prunus Vase with Lotus Pattern
划花开光莲纹梅瓶

This black and white vase was made during the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234). The lotus pattern is incised into the vase and is given variation with bands of leaves and scrolls. It is called a prunus vase because it was used in the spring to force the blossoms of flowering trees such as cherry, plum, and apricot. The shape of the vase is inspired by the shape of a young girl. The narrow bottom balances the width of a single branch of a tree, emphasizing the fragility of the flowers. The narrow opening at the top allows the branch to be positioned to give the best effect. The Chinese title means that the inscribed lotus flower design was blessed by a high ranking monk.











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