A related meiping dated to the early 7th century, but of less robust and more slender proportions, is illustrated by Wu Tung in Earth Transformed: Chinese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2001, pp. 34 and 35. Another related meiping, of slightly different proportions, recovered from the Tang dynasty tomb of Duan Boyang in Xian, is illustrated in Five Thousand Years of Chinese Art: Porcelain, Part II, 1985, fig. 43.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. P198p82 is consistent with the dating of this lot.