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明隆慶 景德鎮窯青花詩文碗
Bowl with inscription

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Longqing mark and period (1567–72)
Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. of rim: 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm); Diam. of foot: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.59
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Porcelain produced during the short reign of the Longqing emperor is rare. The elegantly written inscription quotes from the Song of the Lady with the Silk Worms, a poem by the famed Xie Fangde (1226–1289), and reads in part: “Not only does the moon shine through the willows before the storied house but pretty girls continue to dance and sing ...take heed lest the silkworms have not enough leaves.”
Marking: Six-character mark of Longqing
[ S. Marchant & Son , London, until 2010; sold to MMA]
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