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Red-gold-patterned Xipi-Lacquer Plum Vase

Red-gold-patterned Xipi-Lacquer Plum Vase

Artist: GAN Erke

Materials: Natural lacquer, ramie, ancient tile ash, mineral pigments and materials

Size: H230 x D130 mm

Year: 2017



  • A Meiping (Chinese pinyin: méipng), meaning plum vase is a type of Chinese pottery vase inspired by the shape of a young female body. The Meiping was often a tall celadon vase made to resemble human characteristics, especially a small mouth, a short, narrow neck, a plump bosom, and a concave belly. It was designed to support a single plum tree bloom branch, hence the meaning of its name. During the Song and Ming dynasties, the Meiping was very popular. It was originally used as a wine vessel, but it became popular as a plum vase during the Song Dynasty.

    The best Xipi-Lacquer piece is usually bright in colour, smooth, tender and plump when it is touched by hand. The surface of this vase is painted with red-gold-patterned Xipi-lacquer, with the raw materials made of coral, gold and other fine powders, forming such gorgeous, bright and dazzling colours. The interior of the vase is well polished with black lacquer, as black as mysterious jade, which allows light to be discerned.

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