Porcelain, of tapered cylindrical form covered overall in a creamy white glaze and enamelled with five strutting cockerels.
Provenance: The Coerwinkel Collection
The Cockerel is the tenth creature in the Chinese zodiac. He wards off evil and is admired not only as a courageous bird but also a beneficent one. Symbolically a cock (gong ji) crowing (ming) represents achievement and fame (gong ming). The word for cocks comb (guan) is phonetically identical with guan = official. A present displaying a cock with a handsome comb therefore expresses the wish that the recipient may be rewarded with an official post.