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Jar with the emblem of the Order of Saint Augustine

Date:
ca. 1575–1600
Culture:
Chinese, made for export
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 10 3/16 × 9 1/4 × 9 1/4 in. (25.9 × 23.5 × 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Albuquerque, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.166.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The primary motif on this jar—a double-headed eagle clutching a heart pierced with arrows—served as the emblem of the Catholic Order of Saint Augustine. In the sixteenth century, Augustinian friars established monasteries in Mexico, the Philippines, and Macau (in Southern China); the jar may have been produced for missionaries in one of these locations. While the jar probably served a functional purpose, its white porcelain body and cobalt-blue decoration would have appeared luxurious to friars accustomed to humble vessels.
Marking: Unmarked
Rodrigo Rivero Lake ; Paul Deutz Collection , Rancho Santa Fe, California ; [ Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain and Works of Art , Lisbon and London, until January 21, 2003; sold to Albuquerque ]; Dr. Renato de Albuquerque , São Paolo (2003–16; to MMA)
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