China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), late 17th century
Moulded and patinated bronze
Purchase, 1885
Inv. 2079
© MAD, Paris

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This type of bottle is known as a garlic-head vase due to the form of its mouth, resembling garlic cloves. These vases appeared in the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and became fashionable again from the reign of Kangxi (1662-1722) to the reign of Qianlong (1736-1796). Their proportions evolved from period to period. They were also widely produced in porcelain.