Jar with lotus scrolls, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Jar with lotus scrolls, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566), China, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with underglaze-blue and overglaze enamel decoration. H. 4 1/4 in x Diam. 4 3/8 in, H. 10.8 cm x Diam. 11.1 cm.  The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2361. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

This piece is a clear emulation of the Chenghua style, closely following its color scheme, green enamel over underglaze-blue in this case. While akin to doucai wares in its blue outlines, the green was filled with wider passages of sinuous leaves. The borders of cloud heads on the shoulder and the lotus panels and scrolls below were simplified during the Jiajing. The famous quality visible in this piece is its achievement of the forest green color, a hue that other potters sought to re-create in later periods.