The inscription is that of a collector and may be translated, 'This vase, named Shigu, not yet stored in the ground, was obtained in mid-summer of the yihai year of Guangxu. May my descendants treasure it. Carved by Yongzhisanren.' The date in the inscription corresponds to 1875.
The shape and unusual decoration of this meiping are based on Ming prototypes such as the example with Hongzhi mark in the British Musuem illustrated by S. Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1953, pl. 76B, and another dated 15th/16th century illustrated in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1981, no. 890. See, also, the Ming example illustrated in Special Exhibition of Dragon-Motif Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1983, no. 44. On the Ming meiping the dragons are shown in profile.