Beauty in the Simple: A Pear-shaped Jade Ewer

An exquisite curved pear-shaped Chinese jade ewer with a scroll handle and slightly recessed base, Qing Dynasty (Qianlong period), circa 1760. Height: 14.9 cm. Private collection.

The elegance and simplicity of this ewer from the Qing dynasty was brilliantly conceived by the craftsman, for when the stone has a color as beautiful as this, very little carving is required. The clever scroll handle indicates the use for water or wine and the shape is probably inspired by the leather water vessels used on the silk road and depicted in pottery in the Tang dynasty more a thousand years before the Qing.

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