A meiping (Chinese: 梅瓶; pinyin: méipíng; literally: "plum vase") is a Chinese vase shape. It is traditionally used to display branches of plum blossoms. The meiping was first made of stoneware during the Tang dynasty (618-907). It was originally used as a wine vessel, but since the Song dynasty (960–1279) it became popular as a plum vase and got its name "meiping". It has a narrow base, a wide body, a narrow neck, and a small opening.
Cizhou stoneware, 13th century, Song dynasty
Yaozhou ware, celadon, Song dynasty
Vase with copper-red underglaze, Ming dynasty
Lidded vase with lotus sprays, Qingbai ware, Southern Song period
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