古染付富士山型鹿馬山水紋鉢 Dish in Shape of Mount Fuji with Horses and Deer
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Tianqi period (1621–27)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)
Purchase, Barbara and William Karatz Gift, Gift of C. T. Loo and Company, by exchange and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2010
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.).