This lime-green tall-necked vase has a bulbous form with a finely painted design of dragon and pheonix motifs, traditionally emblems of the emperor and empress. Motifs such as these were rarely found on Peranakan porcelain, indicating it was probably a specially commissioned piece.This form known as 'you chui ping' (oil mallet vase), was introduced during the Kangxi period (1662-1722). It is generally believed Nonyaware was made in Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, the centre for porcelain production in China since the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), when imperial kilns were established to produce wares for the court. This is a rare example of Nonyaware. It has been suggested vases were not usually used in Peranakan homes as ornamentation or holding flower arrangements other than as offerings at the altar.

Guangxu mark and period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty
Object size: 002: H7.0 x W7.5 cm
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Asian Civilisations Museum
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Bequest of Tony Wee and Colin Holland

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