A small yellow glazed porcelain vase
late Ming period, 17th century, China
Height: 15cm Width: 7cm
This porcelain vase is glazed in egg-yolk yellow, and incised with a dragon design. It is in the Liuyeping ‘Willow Leaf’ or ‘Amphora’ shape. Its oval neck is fluted, and it has two small handles in the shape of mythical beasts with horned tongues. There are two raised rings through the handles which are attached to the main body of the vase. The incised design is of a pair of dragons flying among scrolling clouds. The dragons are fighting over a flaming pearl, which is in between their two mouths.