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Vase with Scene from the Dragon Boat Festival

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
late 17th–early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 27 3/4 in. (70.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.85
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.
Marking: None
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