Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
late 16th century
Porcelain painted with underglaze blue; gilt silver mounts, probably German, early 17th century
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Avery Fund, 1923
Not on view
This type of bowl, with a thin body and a highly schematized representation of a port town painted in vivid underglaze blue, is a standard example of late-sixteenth-century export ware from Jingdezhen. Large numbers of these bowls have been found in Southeast Asia in recent decades. Its comparative rarity in Europe is evidenced by the addition of gilt-silver mounts, which also increase its usefulness.
Marking: On base: Fu Shou [Happiness and long life]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blue and White: Early Japanese Export Ware," November 23, 1976–September 3, 1978.
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. "Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and Its Impace on the Western World," October 3, 1985–December 1, 1985.
Date: second half of the 16th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze in interior and blue glaze and gold on exterior (Jingdezhen ware); English gilt silver mount, ca. 1590–1610
Accession: 79.2.1122On view in:Gallery 204