Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze
H: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm); Diam. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of rim: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. of foot: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Gift of Charles Stewart Smith, 1893
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
The detailed and dense patterning characterizes the Chinese porcelains of the mid-seventeenth century that are known as shonzui ware in Japan. The term shonzui remains enigmatic but is thought to refer to a Japanese man, perhaps the person who first commissioned such works from China.