Vase with King Wen Visiting the Scholar Jiang Taigong
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Shunzhi period (1644–61)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
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)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
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.