One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds
Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
late 13th–14th century
Silver with chased and punched decoration and gilding
Diam. from 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) to 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1997
Not on view
Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous works in porcelain and lacquer.