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A Blue and White Double Gourd 'Lotus' Vase, Ming Dynasty,  Early 16th Century

the two globular sections painted in underglaze-blue with large scrolling lotus and dramatically serrated leaves, the collar of the mid-section with a band of small scrolling lotus, below a border containing two beribboned ruyi-heads, the narrow neck painted with a double-floral diaper, with ruyi-head lappets on the short straight foot, Japanese wood box (2). height 13 in., 33 cm. Estimate 6,000—8,000 USD

Sotheby's. Chinese Works of Art. 17 Mar 09.New York www.sothebys.com Photo courtesy Sotheby's