This vase belongs to a group of similarly shaped vases painted with figural scenes and stylised tulips. The fact that they are very close from Delft vases decorated with such tulips suggests that they may have been made for the Dutch market. Another foreign influence found on these vases is their shape that appears to be of Turkish inspiration, copying either a metal flask, or an Iznik pottery version of the same shape from the mid-16th century.
A similar vase in the British Museum is illustrated by Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1971, pl. III, fig. 1; and another included in the Hong Kong Museum of Art exhibition 'Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners', illustrated in the Catalogue, 1981, no. 70.