Dish with the Chinese story of Sima Guang

Japanese, for European market

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

Sima Guang (1019–1086), a distinguished Chinese historian and statesman, was also famed for rescuing a playmate who was drowning in a large water jar by smashing the vessel with a rock. A Chinese fable extolling quick wit and bold action, this tale is also represented in Japanese and European ceramics.

Dish with the Chinese story of Sima Guang, Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type), Japanese, for European market

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