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Bowl

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with underglaze blue; gilt silver mounts, probably German, early 17th century
Dimensions:
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Avery Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.263
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.

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