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Vase with Mythical Creature Chasing Pearl

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.275
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200
The wonderful beast painted on this vase appears at first glance to be a qilin, a mythical and composite creature that has the body of a deer and the head, horns, and hooves of a dragon. The feet of this creature, on the other hand, appear to be those of a large feline such as a lion or tiger, which makes a positive identification difficult.
Marking: Double ring
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