Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
late 17th–early 18th century
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 27 3/4 in. (70.5 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200
Held on the fifth day of the fifth month, the Dragon Boat festival is celebrated with eating rice dumplings, drinking wine, and—as can be seen in the painting on this vase—racing dragon boats. This festival is said to commemorate the death of the poet Qu Yuan (ca. 340–278 B.C.) who, on the day in question, committed suicide in his despair over a political situation.