Cultural relics carry vestiges of the old Chinese civilization. The Ming dynasty (1368-1644) ended many centuries ago, but there are still indicators left of how society used to be in those days. This porcelain jar is an excellent example.
The four arts of the Chinese scholar are zither, chess, calligraphy and painting. In the Ming dynasty, girls from noble families were also required to cultivate these skills. The theme of the four arts was the inspiration of the design of this intricate porcelain jar.