1601 – 1650

Tin-glazed Earthenware

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A meiping-shaped pot whose decoration testifies to the influence of Ming dynasty Chinese porcelain on 17th century Portuguese tin-glazed earthenware. Besides its oriental decorative motifs, it has an exotic landscape with palm trees, large flowers, foliage and various animals, such as an elephant, a rabbit, a butterfly and birds.

The meiping-shaped jars, allegedly inspired by the shape of a young girl’s body, were intended to contain a single bouquet of plum blossoms.