Porcelain with celadon glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware)
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Before the flowering of blue-and-white ware at this site in the fourteenth century, the kilns at Jingdezhen were producing thin porcelain covered with a pale bluish green glaze that is known as Qingbai ware (literally green-white ware). This vase is a rare example of early Qingbai pieces in which the glaze is very thin and very pale. In later pieces, the Qingbai glaze is the pale blue-green that is most commonly associated with the term celadon today.