Jar with carp in lotus pond


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

Perfecting the enameling techniques developed earlier in the Ming dynasty, porcelain enamelers of the Jiajing period created rich reds, yellows, and greens, superimposed onto underglaze blue. Contemporaneous sources attest to the firing of two hundred jars with similar pond scenes during the twenty-first year of the Jiajing reign (1542). Eroded areas of similar jars in other museums show that the deep red hues were created by overlaying a red enamel on a yellow base, a technique that lends the design an immediate visual impact.

Jar with carp in lotus pond, Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze polychrome enamels (Jingdezhen ware), China

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