Porcelain with molded decoration under celadon glaze (Longquan ware)
H. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Developed at the Longquan kilns in the late thirteenth century, this type of vase was produced there well into the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The decoration of molded peonies is an innovation of these kilns, and is frequently found on works produced there in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The large size of this type of vase suggests that it was used in public spaces such as temples and reception halls.