Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chenghua period (1465–87)
mid- to late 15th century
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Diam. of foot 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman, 1981
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Suggestive of an evening in early spring, and a subject of Chinese poetry, the theme of a flowering plum under a crescent moon first appears in Chinese ceramics in the twelfth century. On this dish, a dramatic rock of the type that was mined at Lake Tai on the border of Jiangsu and Zhejiang Province, and used for gardens, has been added to the scene.