This vessel’s shape and pattern identify it as a rare example of a rice measure used in Daoist rituals. On each side is a figure in a Daoist robe with one of four animals (dragon, ox, dog, and goat). These animals represent constellation deities from the set of twenty-eight mansions in Chinese astronomy, which reflect the movement of the moon in a sidereal month.
Artist: Date: early 15th century Accession Number: 37.191.1 Date: early 15th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession: 37.191.1On view in:Gallery 204
Artist: Date: mid-16th century Accession Number: 17.127.2 Date: mid-16th centuryMedium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession: 17.127.2On view in:Gallery 204