Blue-and-white baoyue bottle with wheel patterns

The reign of Yongle in Ming Dynasty (1403~1424 AD)
Height: 32 cm

In the reign of Yongle, the flourishing overseas trade and increasing communication with West Asia led to appearance of exotic style porcelain, which are imitations of Arabic metal or pottery works; featuring irregular geometric patterns and continuous plant patterns characteristic of West Asian decoration.
This bottle imitates Arabic metal vessels in shape and design, with its belly bearing wheel patterns unique to Arabic regions. Other types of porcelain imitations of Arabic vessels made by the imperial kiln at Jingdezhen include watering pots, water droppers, platters, large oval pots and basins with folded rims, demonstrating cultural exchanges between China and West Asia in Ming Dynasty.