Leys Jar


Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Zhengde mark and period (1506–21)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

Auspicious dragons chase flaming pearls around the neck and body of this vessel. The motif and the reign mark on the base of the jar indicate that the work was intended for use in the imperial court. Such small jars with flared necks were used to collect used tea leaves and table scraps.

Leys Jar, Porcelain with incised decoration under colored glazes, China

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