Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. of rim 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); Diam. of foot 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
The figures on this vase were inspired by illustrations of historical characters in woodblock-printed plays and novels. Those publications became popular in the seventeenth century and influenced porcelain design and other decorative arts.