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Ewer in the Shape of a Tibetan Monk's Cap

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), probably Yongle period (1403–24)
Date:
early 15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with incised hidden or anhua decoration under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. at spout 8 in. (20.3 cm); Diam. of foot 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.253.36
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Possibly originally intended for use in Buddhist rituals, ewers like this, which allude to the shape of a Tibetan monk’s cap, were first produced in the fourteenth century.
Marking: There is no reign mark.
Stanley Herzman , New York (until 1991; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Selection of Chinese Ceramics from the Adele and Stanley Herzman Collection," June 1, 1990–August 26, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Defining Yongle, Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China," April 1, 2005–July 10, 2005.

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