Vase with Mythical Creature Chasing Pearl


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200

The wonderful beast painted on this vase appears at first glance to be a qilin, a mythical and composite creature that has the body of a deer and the head, horns, and hooves of a dragon. The feet of this creature, on the other hand, appear to be those of a large feline such as a lion or tiger, which makes a positive identification difficult.

Vase with Mythical Creature Chasing Pearl, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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