Brush Pot with King Wen and the Scholar Jiang Taigong
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chongzhen period (1628–44)
Porcelain with incised decoration painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
The widespread literacy that marked the late sixteenth century and the concurrent flowering of woodblock-printed books had a significant impact on Chinese porcelain produced between the late sixteenth and the mid-seventeenth century, helping to spread historical tales such as that of the visit of an ancient king to a famous scholar.