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Vase with a Scene from a Novel
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Vase with a Scene from a Novel

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Description The meiping (plum vase) porcelain type acted as a dynamic surface for paintings, including the narrative seen on this blue and white vessel. The scene depicts a traveler kneeling to a martial, whose status is represented by the long pheasant plumes decorating his helmet and the two soldiers that accompany him. Behind the traveler is his boat moored at the river bank while the landscape includes rocks and wind-swept willow trees eclipsed by scrolling clouds. During the transitional period between the Ming and Qing dynasties, woodcut illustrations of popular novels often appear on ceramics. The private patrons of the time preferred these novel scenes over the imperial emblems that often adorned blue and white porcelain; thus, these patrons often sought out private kilns for this type of decoration.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; inhereted by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions spurious reign mark of Jiajing (1521-1566)
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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porcelain with underglaze blue
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H: 10 3/16 × Diam: 4 3/8 in. (25.9 × 11.1 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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