The present vase is unusual for the keyfret band above the foot, a motif that probably derives from the square spiral pattern commonly found on archaic bronze wares. While bands of keyfret are relatively common on Cizhou sgraffiato wares, they seldom appear on meiping of this type. Compare a vase with slightly rounder shoulders and lacking the keyfret, in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Ornament: The Lotus and the Dragon, London, 1984, pl. 62a; a slightly larger one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 88; another in the Worcester Art Museum, included in the exhibition Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1981, cat. no. 39; and a further vase in the Kyoto National Museum, illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū / Ceramic Art of the World, 1955, vol. 10, pl. 94.
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