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中國 元 吉州窰玳瑁釉梅瓶
Bottle in Meiping Shape with “Tortoiseshell” Glaze

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
14th century
Stoneware with iron glaze (Jizhou ware)
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
One of many glaze effects re-created in Japan and in the West, “tortoiseshell” decoration is created by applying an iron-rich slip to a ceramic body and then covering the slip with an iron-rich glaze. During firing, the glaze melts and separates and the iron bubbles to the surface to create the dramatic design.
Mrs. Samuel T. Peters , New York, (until 1926; donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Treasures from the Metropolitan Museum," October 24, 1979–January 27, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.

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