An exceptionally rare Ming Xuande Chinese crescent shaped pilgrim flask, the neck of the flask displays a six character mark of the period.
These rare vessels were designed to appeal to Islamic tastes. They are few surviving examples. Other notable pilgrim flasks include:
-Robert Finlay, The Pilgrim Art, Cultures of Porcelain in World History p299,
-S. T. Yeo & Jean Martin in Arts Orientalis, Singapore, South East Asian Ceramics Society and National Museum Singapore, April 1978, no.28
It measures 8 1/4" wide by 7 1/16" tall by 4 5/16" deep (21cm by 18cm by 11cm)
This stunning 15th century Ming Porcelain flask is in good condition. There is some lose to one side of a single foot, some age commensurate alteration to the surface of the glaze here and there. There are no repairs. It presents and displays beautifully.
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Xuande Blue and White Ming Dynasty Porcelain Pilgrim Flask Crescent Moon Six Character Mark Period 1426 to 1435 15th Century Porcelain