Jar with Scrolling Vine and Gourds, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

Jar with Scrolling Vine and Gourds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th–16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Diam. of rim 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Diam. of foot 2 7/8 in. (13.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.208.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Jars in this shape, which were used to hold slops, are often called leys jars, after the Dutch term for such vessels. This shape is often found in Chinese ceramics after the early sixteenth century; however, the quality of the porcelain used here suggests that it may have been made slightly earlier.
[ Bluett & Sons Ltd. London, until 1986; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.