Gourd-shaped vases are surprisingly rare among the rich production of the many celadon kilns located in and around Longquan county in Zhejiang province. A slightly smaller vase of this form attributed to the Yuan dynasty, the base equally having a recessed centre, was excavated from a hoard discovered during building works at Baihuo commune, Qingtian county, Zhejiang province, and is now with the Qingtian County Cultural Relics Management Committee. Undoubtedly due to its beauty as well as its rarity, this vase has been frequently published, for example, in Zhu Boqian, Longquan yao qingci/Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taibei, 1998, pl. 154 (fig. 0); in Zhongguo Longquan qingci/Longquan Celadon of China, Hangzhou, 1998, pl. 124 and on the title page; and in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], Shanghai, 1999-2000, vol. 10, pl. 35. Another vase of this form is illustrated in Sōgyō Shichijūnen Kinen Ryūsen Shūhō/Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, 1976, vol. 1, pl. 484.
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