中國 元 吉州窰玳瑁釉梅瓶 Bottle in Meiping Shape with “Tortoiseshell” Glaze
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Stoneware with iron glaze (Jizhou ware)
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
One of many glaze effects re-created in Japan and in the West, “tortoiseshell” decoration is created by applying an iron-rich slip to a ceramic body and then covering the slip with an iron-rich glaze. During firing, the glaze melts and separates and the iron bubbles to the surface to create the dramatic design.