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Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Rosewater vessel underglaze blue decorated porcelain, silver mounts 27.75 x 12 cm National Museum of Indonesia

Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Rosewater vessel
underglaze blue decorated porcelain, silver mounts
27.75 x 12 cm

National Museum of Indonesia

Vietnam was an active supplier of Chinese-inspired blue and white ceramics for Southeast Asian markets, particularly those of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. This vessel, found in south Sulawesi, Indonesia, was adapted for use as a rosewater container by the addition of a long silver neck. Rosewater was said to have been worn by the Prophet Muhammad and became an important part of Islamic ritual.