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Pitcher with Designs of Male's Head and Roosters (Primary Title) 清乾隆 景德鎮窯粉彩人面大吉執壺 (Primary Title)
This pitcher is a rare example of Europe's fascination with Eastern cultures. At the spout, an image of a male wearing a coiled turban and a well-trimmed beard looks down at a rooster, a symbol of good fortune, standing amid flowers and rocks. The images were painted with famille rose enamels, a European technique that allows a broad array of colors and tones to depict intricate details.
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC
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