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Black Glazed Plum Vase with Carved Flower Design
 

Western Xia Dynasty

Height: 46.5cm   Mouth Diameter: 4cm  

Bottom Diameter: 12cm

Collected from the Shaanxi provincial antique store in 1982

This narrow-mouthed vase known as plum vase in China is embellished with patterns of lotus leaves and flowers over sea water ripples. The patterns are made possible by incising the background parts of the patterns on the applied black glaze before getting fired in the kiln, thus looking very much like light relief. This way of decoration has been passed down ever since the Neolithic Age.