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Porcelain tankard, fifteenth century China

Porcelain tankard with blue ornate decorations


This Ming dynasty porcelain tankard incorporates some Chinese elements, such as the peony flower design on the body and the dragon-shaped handle. Its shape was not Chinese, however, but based on Islamic metalwork, which indicates it was made for export. Porcelain formed a large share of the goods exported from China across the Indian Ocean, and, after the fifteenth century, beyond it to Europe.

This source is a part of the Trade and Religion in the Indian Ocean Network, 1100-1500 teaching module.


Metropolitan Museum, Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991

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