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Yuan Dynasty
Pear Shaped Flask with Lotus Pattern

The lotus pattern of intertwining leaves and tendrils is carved into the surface of this bottle to give a smooth texture of raised overlapping vegetation. Made during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), the bottle was excavated at a site in Fengxiang County. Just a note on the Chinese description: 缠枝 means twining on the outside of something like a tree or, in this case, a slender branch 枝. The image ofis of a twisted, soft, upwards motion and pattern. All that from one character!

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