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Monk's Cap Ewer with Ruby Red Glaze Hsüan-te Reign (1426-1435), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Height: 19.2 cm, diameter lengthwise: 16.1 cm, diameter at width: 11.2 cm, diameter of base: 7.6 cm, depth: 16.6 cm, weight: 880 g

Monk's-cap ewer

Were used in ritual ceremonies of the Lamaist sect of Buddhism, and were mostly made in metal. The form was copied in early 15th century porcelain. For a discussion on Yongle ewers of this form, see Liu Xinyuan, Imperial Porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande Periods Excavated from the Site of the Ming Imperial Factory at Jingdezhen, Hong Kong, 1989, Catalogue, pp. 98 and 99.

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