Covered jar decorated with goldfish and aquatic plants

 Covered jar decorated with goldfish and aquatic plants



Excavated in the eastern suburbs of Beijing in 1955
Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, 1522-1566
Porcelain with five-color enamels, wucai
height 46 cm

Underglaze blue and overglaze enamel colors decorate this massive wine jar with a continuous scene of large golden carp swimming among various water weeds and lotus flowers. On the base a six-character imperial reign mark reads: "Made in the Jiajing period of the great Ming."