Jar with Abstract Decoration, Stoneware painted with iron oxide over black glaze, China

Jar with Abstract Decoration

Period:
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware painted with iron oxide over black glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.194
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The dramatic, abstract design may be read as alluding to birds or plants, motifs characteristically found on ceramics produced in a wide range of kilns in northern China.
[ Blitz Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art , Amsterdam, NL, until 1999; sold to MMA]