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Vase with Buddhist Figures

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
late 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with raised decoration, painted in cobalt blue and copper red, under a clear glaze (Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.489
Not on view
By the seventeenth century, traditional Buddhist themes were common both in literati paintings and in the decorative arts. The holy men depicted here are arhats (Chinese: luohans). The one tussling with a snarling tiger is often identified as Bhadhra. His face, however, is identical to that of a second arhat. Copied from a woodblock print, both figures represent stock images rather than specific individuals.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

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 Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.

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