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Gourd-Shaped Bottle with Deer and Crane in Landscape

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)
Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted in cobalt blue under clear glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm); Diam. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Anonymous Gift, 1965
Accession Number:
65.56.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Emblems of longevity, the deer and the crane are combined here with the Three Friends of Winter, the plum, bamboo, and pine, symbolic of endurance and longevity and harbingers of spring.
Marking: Under foot: two column vertical six character nianhao, translit.: Da Ming Jiajing nianzhi
[ Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. , New York, until 1965; sold to MMA]
Greenvale. C.W. Post Art Gallery. "Arts of China," February 4, 1977–March 27, 1977.

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