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Vase with Figures in Landscape

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chongzhen period (1628–44)
mid-17th century
Porcelain with incised decoration painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
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.
Ernest A. Bischoff (until d. 1920, his sale at American Art Association, New York, February 24–28, sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

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