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Jar with Abstract Decoration

Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
late 12th–early 13th century
Stoneware painted with iron oxide over black glaze

H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
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]
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