Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chongzhen period (1628–44)
Porcelain with incised decoration painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
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.