China, Jingdezhen, Qianlong period (1736–95)
Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze cobalt
The Robert Murray and Ann Walker Bell Collection, G98.9.1
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Derived from a West Asian form, this type of vessel was known as a pilgrim flask or moon flask in Chinese culture. The specific shape and decoration of the flask displayed here are based on early fifteenth-century prototypes. The piece is one of a group of flasks that was made as an homage to the Ming Dynasty.