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Vase with Scene from The Story of the Blue Robe

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Shunzhi period (1644–61)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Diam. of rim: 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam. of base: 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of David Griffin, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.480
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Parallels to a vase with the same scene and an inscription identify the scene here as an episode from a Ming-dynasty play entitled The Story of the Blue Robe (Qingshan bao). This work recounts the story of a young scholar named Liang Hao who, for his help during a thunderstorm, was rewarded by the Daoist immortal Lu Dongbin with a bride, the promise of a successful career in government, and longevity.
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