This vase of baluster-form and resting on a splayed foot is of enamelled and gilded copper.
The sides are decorated with six elongated taotie masks. The shoulder is decorated with more stylised masks as is the neck.
The masks hark back to the Warring States period. The fashion for the re-use of such archaic emblems was ignited by the Qianlong Emperor who called for inspiration to be sought from antiquity
The base is unmarked. There are no obvious losses to the enamel.
Cosgrove, M., The Enamels of China and Japan: Champleve and Cloisonne, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1974.