Bencharong ware jar (tho)

Covered ceramic jar with brilliantly colored overglaze enamel painting in repreating floral patterns. A small base curves into a deep, wide bowl with a flaring mouth, in which the lid rests. The lid can be turned upside down to provide a shallow bowl, the base of which (or topmost portion of the lid) is encircled by gold and green bands.
Artist Unknown, China
19th century
Bencharong ware ceramic jars for food offering, flowers, or incense. Made in China for the export market.
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Wednesday, March 21, 2018