In honor of the World Cup kick-offs, we've highlighted a number of cups from around the world currently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. You can also enter to win a CMA mug from the museum store!
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Xuande mark and period (1426-1435)
porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel decoration, Overall: 9.00 x 9.90 cm (3 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1957.60
These two Ming imperial wares [1957.60 and 1957.61] are among the smallest, but most precious, of the museum's holdings in Chinese ceramics. Luminosity of glaze, freedom of drawing, and vibrancy of color are perfectly unified to fit the delicate shapes of these luxury items.