Vase with King Wen Visiting the Scholar Jiang Taigong
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Shunzhi period (1644–61)
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); Diam. of rim 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Not on view
The narratives painted on the four sides of the vase were most likely based on similar scenes in woodblock illustrations. The solitary angler at the upper left identifies the scene as a historical narrative, set in the twelfth or eleventh century B.C., in which a ruler named Wen seeks the advice of a scholar named Jiang Taigong.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.