Vase in Shape of Archaic Bronze Vessel with Flowers and Birds
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
late 17th–early 18th century
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze and gilded (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The shape of this vase ultimately derives from archaic vessels used to serve and store wines. The decoration of flowers and birds is ubiquitous in Chinese art; however, the palette used to decorate the piece evolved in the seventeenth century as a refinement of earlier traditions.