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明晚期 磁州窯白地褐彩大酒甕
Large wine jar

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware painted and inscribed in dark brown on white ground (Cizhou ware)
Dimensions:
H. 25 in. (63.5 cm); Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.253.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 215
The inscription reads:
Top line:
三六學仕攤[貪]盃懶[攬]去登瀛州[洲],二四神仙醉後不知歸
洞府
Eighteen scholars, in the thrall of their [wine] cups, are too lazy to ascend Yingzhou [to serve as officials]. Eight immortals, once they are drunk, know not how to return to their grottoes.

Bottom line:
紫府瓊漿,瑤池玉夜[液]
Sweet wine of the Purple Abode, jade liquor of the Jasper Lake.
Inscription: Sanliu xueshi tan bei lan qu deng Yingzhou. Ersi shenxian zui hou bu zhi gui dongfu. Zifu qiongjiang. Yaochi yuye.
It has been translated:
Eighteen scholars, loving their cups, grasp them and ascend Ying mountain. Eight Immortals, after they're drunk, (are) oblivious of returning to their grottoes. Heavenly wine. Immortal pool of dew.
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