Porcelain ewer with Overglaze Enamels and Gilt (Kinran-de); Ming Dynasty, 16th Century, h.33.1cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10519. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka.
This is a ewer in the form of a dancing woman. The top of her head is the lid, and the sleeve of her raised right arm is the spout. Her clothes are decorated with red, blue, and green overglaze enamels. The parts covered in red enamel and the parts left white are decorated with gold enamel. The gold has been preserved relatively well. The base is carved, and on the inside of the base is an inscription in underglaze blue reading fu-gui-jia-qi, « riches and fine vessel. » Sand adheres to the foot rim. The box is inscribed with the date Hoei 6 (1709), but the history of this piece is not clear. There is a similar piece in the Percival David Collection in London.