Tea Bowl and Saucer with Lotus Decoration, Stoneware with carved decoration under celadon glaze, China

Tea Bowl and Saucer with Lotus Decoration

Period:
Liang (502–557) or Chen (557–589) dynasty
Date:
5th–6th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with carved decoration under celadon glaze
Dimensions:
Cup: H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Cup-stand: H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Diam. 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Falk Jr., 2000
Accession Number:
2001.361.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
This elegant set may represent one of the first examples anywhere in the world of a cup and saucer used for drinking tea. It is decorated with carefully carved lotus leaves. Originally symbolic of love in early folk songs, lotuses are associated with purity in Buddhist art.
Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Falk Jr. , New York (until 2000; bequeathed to MMA)