This jar is closely modelled after a Xuande prototype, such as the covered jar from the National Palace Museum Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, 1998, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 10.
Other Wanli-marked jars of this type include an example with a cover in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by R. Scott, Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration, London, 1992, no. 92; and several sold at auction, in these Rooms, 17 January 1989, lot 606, and in our New York Rooms, 16 October 2001, lot 376, and 20 September 2002, lot 317. Another Wanli jar of this shape decorated with dragons in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated in Blue-and-White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1963, pl. 6.