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Lidded urns, a pair
CXV-1586; -1587
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

These urns, with a blue underglaze décor showing a hundred deer in a mountain landscape, are of good quality craftsmanship and of great cultural-historic value. They represent early acquisition of Chinese porcelain in Sweden and their history reflects the symbolic (and pecuniary) status value of Chinese blue and white porcelain during the 17th century in Europe. The Queen Kristina collection of blue and white porcelain comprised of approximately 300 pieces, out of which only these two urns are known to us today.

History of the Object
These urns formerly belonged to Queen Kristina (1632 - 1654) who was presented with them by a Portuguese ambassador in the 1640s. Later they formed part of the collection of King Karl XV.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Width 46 cm; 46 cm Height 76 cm; 74 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
16th Century - 17th Century; Ming dynasty, Wanli (1573-1619) 
Function
Urns for interior decoration. 
Acquisition
The urns formed part of the collection of King Karl XV. The collection was donated to the National Museum in Stockholm during the latter part of the 19th century. It was transferred to the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in 1963. 
Copyright
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. 
Acknowledgements
Eva Myrdal, Göte Nilsson Schönborg, curators. Karl Zetterström, Erik Cornelius photo. 
Owner
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (MFEA). 
Museum
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
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