A vase with a very similar design is in the British Museum (registration no.: Franks.439.+)
This vase, with its symbolism of learning and joyous play, is a celebration of the free literati spirit. Channelling the delight of the boys playing freely in the foreground of the painting, the scholars are engaged in traditional, spontaneous and unconstrained activities. The ancient scholars of Chinese culture were free from the confines of court and restrictive artistic schools, and could pursue a spontaneous approach to life and art. From ancient times, they were reported to meet in remote spots to play music, appreciate art and discuss philosophy. This freedom and the scholarly ideal came to be venerated during the Kangxi period, and thus the scholar motif became a popular aspect of ceramic design.