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Peach-shaped Water Receptacle
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This water receptacle is finely and delicately sculpted and lifelike in appearance. It is ingeniously shaped in the form of two peaches and a peach pit, which has connotations of longevity and progeny.

History of the Object
Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Yixing has been famous for its production of stoneware teapots, the properties of which were thought ideal for brewing tea. Scholars sometimes collaborated with potters to create works during this early period, and some of the potters themselves were scholars. Some of the first teapots exported to Europe were made from this ware. Today, Yixing wares are going through a revival and are still highly valued by collectors, tea connoisseurs and Chinese scholars alike.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Stoneware on boxwood stand 
Measurements
Width 7 cm Height 2 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Jiangsu Province; Yixing kilns 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Mid Qing Dynasty 
Function
Water receptacle for painting and calligraphy 
Acquisition
Purchased by the founder in London in 1981; accessioned into the Museum in 1992 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Museum of East Asian Art 
Museum
The Museum of East Asian Art 
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