Title

Vase

Creator

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Source

David C. Graham Collection

Maxey Catalog Number

WHIT-G-0060

Description

Chinese crackleware vase; mark on bottom indicates it was made during the reign of K'ang Hsi, at the beginning of the Qing [Manchu (?)] Dynasty, about 250 years ago. The texture and the signs of age on the porcelain, and the quality of the vase bear testimony that this is the correct date. Artifact card notes: "Blue scenes on a white base. Near the top finely ornamented by imitation bronze in porcelain. Designs on rims are thousands of years old in China. The men and women in blue are representations of men at the end of the Han dynasty from a famous legend. The woman was one of the two most beautiful women in Chinese history and the adopted daughter of a loyal official under the emperor. The young man was the foster-child of a traitor who wanted to overthrow the Emperor. The loyal official brought the woman and foster-son together and out of jealousy the foster-son killed his father, thus removing danger to the emperor." Dr. Graham writes: "During the T'ang dynasty, crackleware appeared accidentally, and was regarded as a defect. However, the Chinese were able to see the artistic possibilities of crackleware, and they developed it into an art. Soot is rubbed into the cracks to make them more evident, and they have learned to make the cracks wide apart or close together as they wish." Qing Dynasty 1644-1911.

Type

Physical object

Format

Porcelain

Number of Artifacts

1

Cultural Affiliation

Chinese

Spatial Coverage

China

Broad Date

1644/1911

Donor

Dr. David Crockett Graham

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