Vase in Shape of Archaic Bronze Vessel with Flowers and Birds

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
late 17th–early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze and gilded (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960
Accession Number:
61.200.66
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The shape of this vase ultimately derives from archaic vessels used to serve and store wines. The decoration of flowers and birds is ubiquitous in Chinese art; however, the palette used to decorate the piece evolved in the seventeenth century as a refinement of earlier traditions.
#7438. Vase
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John D. Rockefeller Jr. , New York (until d. 1960; bequeathed to MMA)