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Vase with King Wen Visiting the Scholar Jiang Taigong

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Shunzhi period (1644–61)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); Diam. of rim 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
The narratives painted on the four sides of the vase were most likely based on similar scenes in woodblock illustrations. The solitary angler at the upper left identifies the scene as a historical narrative, set in the twelfth or eleventh century B.C., in which a ruler named Wen seeks the advice of a scholar named Jiang Taigong.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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