H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
H. (Lid) 11/16 in. (1.8 cm)
H. (Body) 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2007
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Cobalt, a mineral that produces a brilliant blue color, was first introduced to China from West Asia in the early eighth century. It was quickly used in ceramics both in single color glazes and as an addition to the three-color glazes of the Tang dynasty.