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Flask with Lotus Pond

Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
mid-14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Irene and Earl Morse, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.297
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Introduced with Buddhism in which it is symbolic of purity, the lotus is an important flower in Chinese art and symbolizes summer, longevity, elegance, and other virtues.
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