Jar with Winged Animals over Waves


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

The theme of winged animals, in this case a horse, an elephant, a mongoose, a fish, a rabbit, and two cervids, was most likely inspired by the extraordinary court-sponsored maritime expeditions of the early fifteenth century, in which a Chinese fleet, under the direction of Zheng He (1371–1433), reached the coast of Africa.

Jar with Winged Animals over Waves, Porcelain with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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