Bowl with Boys in a Garden, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

Bowl with Boys in a Garden

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing mark and period (1522–66)
Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. of mouth 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Denise and Andrew Saul, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.738
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Representations of boys playing, symbolic of the wish for children and the pleasure they bring, are a common theme in Chinese decorative arts.
#7435. Bowl with Children
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Marking: Six character Jiajing mark within a double circle
Denise and Andrew M. Saul , New York (until 2001; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.