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AMM K-3065
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The surface of the vase is covered with deep blue cobalt which is used as the background for a blossoming plum tree (Mei Hua) with white flowers. The symbol of Mei Hua is connected with the Chinese New Year which coincides with the beginning of spring. Though the technique of the painting and the form is traditional this work differs from the earlier period by intensive coloring and fine drawing.

History of the Object
Blue and white porcelain was already known in the 14th Century when the craftsmen began to use cobalt oxide as the coloring agent for these wares. Blue and white products were primarily intended for the Islamic market. The Renaissance period of this family is the time of Kangxi reign. Blue and white vases belong to the Kangxi period which is characterized as a flourishing epoch for Chinese porcelain.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
porcelain, underglaze blue 
Measurements
h 19,8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Qing Dynasty 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
The vase together with 45 other artefacts was received from the collection of the Latvian artist G.Eliass in 1987. 
Copyright
Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Museum
Art Museum Riga Bourse 
Credit line
 

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