Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987
Not on view
Close examination of the cobalt blue used to paint this dish shows areas of darker blue. Known as “heaped and piled,” this effect is a result of imperfect control of the pigment during firing. This effect disappeared in the early fifteenth century, when potters further mastered the use of this pigment.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Painting, Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," August 28, 2004–February 20, 2005.