Qing dynasty Of archaistic fangzun form, the rectangular body supported on a straight foot and tapering to a stepped mouth, applied with a pair of taotie masks and ring handles, covered all over with a rich mottled lavender-blue glaze, the interior and base unglazed revealing the reddish-brown body. 21.2cm high.
For a closely related vase from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Yixing Zisha Wares in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2009, p.285, pl.185, where it outlines that the original box is affixed with a label recording the vase as being a tribute piece to the Qianlong emperor from a Buddhist lama.
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