Yingqing Meiping and cover depicting lotus leaves on sea wave ground

Mei Ping Vase with Cover, 960-1280

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The varied and inventive methods of decoration found in qing bai wares of Song and Yuan (11th-14th century) testify to the ingenuity of the potters. This lidded mei ping vase is entirely decorated with molded décor. The shoulder register is comprised of a continuous lotus blossom and leaf motif in low relief set against a wave pattern. The lower register displays only the stylized wave pattern. A horizontal meander band around the middle of the vessel separates the two registers. It is here where the top and bottom sections, which were separately made, are luted together. The lid is molded with a simple chrysanthemum blossom motif. Mold decoration was more quickly executed than hand carved décor and it greatly facilitated the mass manufacture of qing bai ware.

Mei Ping Vase with Cover
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Yingqing Meiping and cover depicting lotus leaves on sea wave ground