Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chongzhen period (1628–44)
China (for Japanese market)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 11 in. (28 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Seymour Fund, 2011
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Revered in Chan (Zen) Buddhism, the monk-poet Hanshan (Kanzan) stands in a windswept landscape and holds a brush in his upraised right hand. The moralizing poem at the upper left, which stresses proper behavior, is found in ceramics but does not appear to have been preserved elsewhere.