The high-shouldered baluster body enamelled in underglaze blue, iron-red, green, manganese and yellow with some detailing in black. The body painted with squirrels scampering among fruiting branches and tendrils below a narrow collar of iron-red basket-weave, the slightly waisted neck with a continuous frieze of alternating small green and larger red stiff leaves, all within underglaze blue line borders. The shallow domed cover painted with peony blooms below an onion shaped finial. The base unglazed.
See Reitlinger collection, pl. 41, for an identical jar without its cover, no. 1978.989.
Gordon Lang, 'Polychrome Decoration' in: A Catalogue of Oriental Ceramics and Works of Art, ed. Anita Gray, London, n.d., pp. 42-43, no. 46.