Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
late 13th–first half of the 14th century
Porcelain with incised and carved design under celadon glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware)
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The lively design of cloudlike scrolls on this vase is also depicted in metalwork and lacquer, particularly from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. Vases in this shape became popular after the tenth century due to the growing domestic demand for ceramics for dining and display. Often described as a vase for plum blossom, or meiping, this shape was most likely originally intended as a bottle to hold plum wine.