Bottle with Waves and Auspicious Emblems


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

The history of the shape of this Vietnamese bottle is interesting. It is based on a shape that was popular in China in the fourteenth century. The Chinese pieces are a slight reinterpretation of a shape first found in metalwork in the eighth century, which, in turn, was based on a form introduced from India with Buddhism.

Bottle with Waves and Auspicious Emblems, Stoneware painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze, Vietnam

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