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Appearances (BTAS): The Last Laugh and The Terrible Trio
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The ceramics that were developed during the reign of the Ming Dynasty in China from 1368 to 1644 were considered innovative because of its perfected enameled design. However, since it was partly inspired by Islamic metallurgy, critics didn't approve of the Ming vases. During the reign of the Xuande Emperor in 1425 to 1435, manganese was added to cobalt to create a duller yet crisper design. 40 years later, enameled decoration was perfected and these ceramics became just as valuable as works from the Song Dynasty. By the 16th century, these wares were being exported to Europe from Jingdezhen. Nature was often depicted on these vases such as dragons, flowers, and goldfish.
In the modern era, Ming vases are highly valued and to possess one is a symbol of wealth and class. It is no surprise that several of the rich elite in Gotham City own them. Bruce Wayne had at least one Ming vase in his study at Wayne Manor. When the Joker unleashed laughing gas on the city with a garbage barge, Alfred Pennyworth succombed to its effects and trashed the study. The vase was one item broken. Years later, the Terrible Trio stole a Ming vase for sport.