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Flask (with pomegrante design and two handles)

Creation date: 1723-1735
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Porcelain Flask
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt
Accession Number: 1927.21
Dimensions: 12 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 6 in. (31.12 cm x 24.13 cm x 15.24 cm)
Currently on view


Mrs. George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, New York ( - June 13, 1927)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 13, 1927 - )

Label Copy

June 2007
Lyric Visions
During the 15th and 16th centuries in particular, possession of Chinese blue-and-white porcelains was an indicator of high social status and wealth in Persia, India, other parts of Asia, and Europe. International trade in ceramics stimulated their production in China during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The tree laden with pomegranates was an especially popular motif in Persia and Central Asia, where the fruit, by virtue of its many seeds, symbolizes auspiciousness and the blessing of numerous progeny. The shape of this flask is remarkably similar to the one being used as a flower vase in the 15th-century Persian painting Nushabeh presents Eskandar with his portrait (1971:58) on view in this gallery.
Last Updated: 6/12/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 5/29/1935 - 11/11/1935

Lyric Visions from Nizami's "Quintet" , 6/14/2007 - 11/4/2007

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: 3, no. 5

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