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Dish with the Chinese story of Sima Guang

Date:
ca. 1700–1720
Culture:
Japanese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.96
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.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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