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Vase

Period:
Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with white glaze (Cizhou ware)
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm); Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Diam. of rim 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. of foot 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.91.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Vases in this shape have long been known as “prunus vases” or meiping, a Chinese term that is also a homonym for beautiful vessel. Despite their name, it seems likely that such vessels were used as bottles for wine or other beverages, as well as to display plum blossoms and other flowers.
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