One from a Set of Dishes with Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, Butterflies, and Birds
Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
late 13th–14th century
Silver with chased and punched decoration and gilding
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. of rim 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); Diam. of base 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1997
Not on view
Vessels such as these were used mainly for formal entertaining. It was likely to have been made in one of the cities along the lower reaches of the Yangzi River. The vessel has the same shape as contemporaneous works in porcelain and lacquer.
#7324. Service with Decoration of Flowers and Birds
[ J. J. Lally & Co. , New York, until 1997; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings," March 1, 2008–August 10, 2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.
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