H. 9 1/4 in (23.5 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Not on view
To commemorate his parents, the Yongle emperor commissioned the construction of the Proclaiming Grace Temple (Bao'en si) in Nanjing. The temple's most prominent landmark was its "porcelain pagoda," a nine-story structure some 260 feet in height that was surfaced in colorful glazed ceramic tiles. The pagoda was destroyed in 1856 during the Taiping Rebellion, so that only fragments, including this elephant tile, have survived.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. American, New York (until 1879)
New York. China Institute in America. "Chinese Traditional Architecture," April 6, 1984–June 10, 1984.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.
Artist: Date: early 15th century Accession Number: 37.191.1 Date: early 15th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession: 37.191.1On view in:Gallery 204
Artist: Date: mid-16th century Accession Number: 17.127.2 Date: mid-16th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession: 17.127.2On view in:Gallery 204