Stoneware painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Seymour Fund, 1970
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The history of the shape of this Vietnamese bottle is interesting. It is based on a shape that was popular in China in the fourteenth century. The Chinese pieces are a slight reinterpretation of a shape first found in metalwork in the eighth century, which, in turn, was based on a form introduced from India with Buddhism.