Square-form vase with decoration of Su Shi’s Former and Latter Rhapsodies on the Red Cliff
- Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi mark and period (1662–1722)
- Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
- H. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); D. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); Diam. of rim: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
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- Gift of Julia and John Curtis, 2015
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This vase records two texts titled Rhapsody on the Red Cliff, masterpieces composed by the beloved poet and statesman Su Shi (1037–1101) in the autumn and winter of 1082. Its square form elegantly accommodates the two stories in both text and image. When Su visited the site, it was already rich with historical significance due to the famous Battle of Red Cliff, believed to have been fought there at the end of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), but it was forever transformed by his famous poems and soon became a popular theme in art of all media.