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明成化 景德鎮窯鬥彩雞缸杯
Chicken Cup

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chenghua mark and period (1465–87)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamel (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm); Diam. of rim 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Diam. of foot 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.85
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This type of small, bowl-shaped vessel from the imperial kiln of the mid-Ming dynasty has been cherished as the pinnacle of fine Chinese porcelain. The pictorial decoration was achieved through a complicated process. First, the designs were drawn in cobalt blue on the unfired vessel. After glazing and high-temperature firing, they were filled in with overglaze enamel pigments and then fired at a lower temperature to bring out the vibrant colors. Known as a “chicken cup” for its decoration, this object’s charming scene of small chickens feeding in a garden conveys a core Chinese value: nurturing the young is essential to the continuation of the family line.
Marking: A six-character mark in underglaze blue on the base reads Da Ming Chenghua nianzhi (Made during the Chenghua reign of the Great Ming dynasty).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Year of the Rooster," January 25, 2017–July 4, 2017.

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