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These two exquisite vases in the collection are in a shape known as Tianqiuping or "celestial sphere." Their large, rounded bodies provide a wonderful canvas for the naturalistic painting that curves freely around them, rather than in a rigid, decorative pattern. You can almost hear the rustle of the delicately painted leaves. The peaches depicted are a symbol of longevity and good fortune, and nine peaches in particular reference long life.

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  • Title: Vases
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1736/1795
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: h20 in.
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Medium: Porcelain

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