This blue and white tall "Jingdezhen" vase depicts snapshots of a famous Song dynasty's scroll painting, Along the River During the QingMing Festival. Jingdezhen has been the capital of porcelain in China for more than two thousand years. The artists there reached artistic and firing technique maturity by the onset of the Jin Dynasty around 583 AD. Throughout history, products from Jingdezhen kilns were the official source of porcelain for the court. The narrative scene on the vase depicts the dynamic energy of a town manifested through vivid illustration of respiteless flow of people, animals, sedan chairs and oxen-pulled carts. The bustling town is amidst a festival day filled with people from all walks of life, while a Venetian-like river teeming with incoming cargo ships precariously weaves its way under crowded bridges. The neck of the vase features a small story, written in calligraphy, describing the scene being illustrated. A conversation starter and a true work of art that will be admired for generations.