Dish in Shape of Mount Fuji with Horses and Deer


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

The shape of the dish, which alludes to the famed Mount Fuji, indicates that it was commissioned by a Japanese patron, most likely for a meal that accompanied the tea ceremony. The inscription, which discusses roaming with deer and horses in a landscape, is an allusion to a similar phrase in the writings of the Chinese philosopher Mencius (ca. 327–289 B.C.).

Dish in Shape of Mount Fuji with Horses and Deer, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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