- Museum Accession No.: EA1978.723
- Catalogue No.: 17
- Object type: Jug
- Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
- Period/Date: 1660-80
- Dimensions: H. 24.5 cm, D. 14.1 cm
- Provenance: Reitlinger gift
- Description: Ovoid jug. Straight-sided mouth above short, waisted neck, reinforced footrim. Small spout in the mouth; high, flattened handle pierced for a mount. Underglaze blue Transitional style decoration of two figures beneath banners in landscape with rocks, pines and plantains. Two butterflies on neck and mouth, four flower clumps within lines at foot.
The shape of this jug and the ewers and mugs that so closely resemble it, both blue-and-white and coloured, descends directly from German or Netherlandish stoneware and was no doubt copied from models supplied by the VOC. See no. 10. The piercing on the handles of this and similar shapes is original, and was intended for the silver or other metal mount that would customarily have been added in Europe.
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