It is rare to find Jiajing jars of this form painted with the scene of the ‘Hundred Boys’ although a similar jar was sold in our London rooms, 7th June 1988, lot 241; and another jar of slightly more globular shape was sold at Christie’s London, 25th November 1974, lot 235.
The ‘Hundred Boys’ motif, commonly found on Ming porcelains, symbolizes the wish for many male sons. The scene is abundant with puns, for example the boy depicted playing with a ruyi sceptre is a wish for fortune and happiness, and the boy with a sheng (mouth organ) implies birth.
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