Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
Height: 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
Although the square shape of the bottle replicates a Dutch glass vessel used for holding wine or spirits, the decoration of the flowers of the four seasons—including chrysanthemums symbolic of spring, and peonies for summer—is based on Chinese and Japanese traditions.
Date: late 17th centuryMedium: Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)Accession: 1995.268.114a, bOn view in:Gallery 201