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清康熙 景德鎮窯青花西廂記故事圖長頸瓶
Vase with scenes from Romance of the West Chamber

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
late 17th century
Porcelain painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
The scenes on this vase come from Romance of the West Chamber, arguably China’s most popular romantic play. Written by Wang Shifu (ca. 1260–1336), the play tells the story of two star-crossed lovers. Zhang Gong is an impoverished young scholar, and Cui Yingying is the daughter of a high-ranking official. After many romantic experiences and dramatic difficulties, some of which are depicted on this vase, the two lovers eventually get married.
Marking: Apocryphal Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark (1465–87)
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. American, New York (until 1879)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th centuries," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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