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古染付富士山型鹿馬山水紋鉢
Dish in Shape of Mount Fuji with Horses and Deer

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Tianqi period (1621–27)
Date:
ca. 1625
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barbara and William Karatz Gift, Gift of C. T. Loo and Company, by exchange and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.206
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
The shape of the dish, which alludes to the famed Mount Fuji, indicates that it was commissioned by a Japanese patron, most likely for a meal that accompanied the tea ceremony. The inscription, which discusses roaming with deer and horses in a landscape, is an allusion to a similar phrase in the writings of the Chinese philosopher Mencius (ca. 327–289 B.C.).
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