Asian Gallery Temporary Exhibtion Gallery Mezzanine linked to Level 1, NGV International
The decoration on this jar is inspired by the Chinese Transitional style. It features a rocky landscape inhabited by robed figures, broken on either side by rocky crags and with areas left white to represent mist. The decoration is not a direct copy of an Asian original but a European scheme incorporating elements of the Chinese style. The relationship between this Dutch ceramic and any Asian prototype is further complicated by the fact that the decoration on many Dutch earthenware vessels is now believed to be based upon Japanese copies of Chinese Transitional porcelains.