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Tile with Apsara, originally from the "Porcelain Pagoda"

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle Period (1403–24)
Stoneware with colored glazes
H. 21 in. (53.3 cm); W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
Not on view
Now destroyed, the so-called Porcelain Pagoda, a tower constructed of white porcelain bricks, was begun in 1413 by order of the Yongle emperor. Built to honor his mother, it was finished about two decades later. The tower was considered an important monument by Westerners and was often illustrated in travel guides. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) sang its praises in a poem entitled Keramos.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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