Vase with Scene from The Story of the Blue Robe, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

Vase with Scene from The Story of the Blue Robe

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Shunzhi period (1644–61)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Diam. of rim: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Diam. of base: 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of David Griffin, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.480
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Parallels to a vase with the same scene and an inscription identify the scene here as an episode from a Ming-dynasty play entitled The Story of the Blue Robe (Qingshan bao). This work recounts the story of a young scholar named Liang Hao who, for his help during a thunderstorm, was rewarded by the Daoist immortal Lu Dongbin with a bride, the promise of a successful career in government, and longevity.
David Griffin , New York (until 2010; donated to MMA)