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A meiping (Chinese: 梅瓶; pinyin: méipíng; literally: "plum vase") is a Chinese vase shape.[1] It is traditionally used to display branches of plum blossoms.[1][2] The meiping was first made of stoneware during the Tang dynasty (618-907).[3] 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".[4] It has a narrow base, a wide body, a narrow neck, and a small opening.[2][4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Welch, Patricia Bjaaland (2008). Chinese art: a guide to motifs and visual imagery. North Clarendon: Tuttle Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8048-3864-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Prunus Vase (meiping)". Saint Louis Art Museum. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fire Gilded Silver #Item3755". TK Asian Antiquities. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Meiping". Musée Guimet. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "meiping". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 

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