Bottle with Birds and Peony Scroll

Date:
15th century
Culture:
Vietnam
Medium:
Stoneware painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
Diam. of base: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Betty and John R. Menke, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.456.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
This well-painted jar shows the influence of fourteenth-century Chinese porcelain in the structured composition, the rendering of the peony scrolls, and the shape of the lappets on the base. The freedom found in the rendering of the clouds on the lappets and the elegance of the small birds in the panels on the neck, on the other hand, reflect Vietnamese aesthetics.
Betty and John R. Menke , Rye, NY (until 1991; donated to MMA)