Ming White Ware ‘Monk’s Cap’ Ewer – The Percival David Collection

Description: White porcelain ewer made to resemble, in profile, the cap worn by Buddhist Monks in winter, covered with a transparent grey toned glaze. Finely incised decoration under the glaze. The main decorative motif is lotus scrolls in various forms. Above the lotus scroll on the main body are the Eight Buddhist Emblems. Above the foot is a lotus panel containing a stylised flower spray. The strap handle has a ‘ruyi’ motif top & bottom with a floral scroll in between. The cover is undecorated & has a tiny knob at the back. The base is unglazed.

Height: 19.5 cm

Century: 15th century

Dynasty: Early Ming