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Vase with Figures in Landscape

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chongzhen period (1628–44)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with incised decoration painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.41.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Although the source has not yet been identified, it seems likely that the scene painted on this vase illustrates a moment from a play or a novel, possibly a work with romantic overtones. In the center of the vase, a gentleman with three attendants appears to be shooing another man off his property. At the upper right, a young woman, probably a female member of the house, is peeking through an open doorway. It is easy to imagine an outraged father or husband stumbling across an assignation of some type.
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