Pillow with hawk hunting a swan (spring hunt)
Zhang Family Workshop
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Stoneware painted with brown and black pigment on white slip under transparent glaze (Cizhou ware)
L. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); D. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Not on view
The spring hunt and a related autumnal event were integral to the yearly cycle of the Jurchen, a nomadic people from the northeast who controlled much of northern China as the Jin dynasty. The motif of a tiny hawk capturing a much larger swan (or goose) was found in jade, textiles, and ceramics produced during their rule.
Marking: A three-character mark "Zhang jia zao (made by the Zhang Family)" is stamped into the base.
The Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Arts of Korea," June 7, 1998–January 24, 1999.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection I," October 31, 2015–October 11, 2016.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection II," May 7, 2016–October 11, 2016.