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Vase in the shape of an archaic bronze vessel (gu)

Chen Jinhou (Chinese, active 18th century)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Stoneware with relief decoration (Yixing ware)
H. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Abraham, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Both the shape and decoration of the base derive from vessels first produced in China during the Shang (ca. 1600 – 1046 B.C. and Zhou (1046 – 256 B.C.) dynasties. Unlike porcelain pieces produced at Jingdezhen, work made in the Yixing kilns were often signed, in this case by Chen Jinhou, making this ceramic tradition the first example of studio pottery in global ceramic history
Marking: A four-character seal mark, Chen Jinhou zhi [made by Chen Jinhou] is stamped on the foot rim.
Michael Abraham , New York (until 1984; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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