Brush Pot with Episode from Life on Sima Guang

Brush Pot with Episode from Life on Sima Guang

1628-1661

Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

Diameter: 20.2 cm (7 15/16 in.); Overall: 20.4 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.179

Description

Painted in a continuous scene around the cylindrical body is an episode from a folktale about Sima Guang (1019-86), a renowned Northern Song statesman and scholar who exercised quick thinking in his childhood when he broke a ceramic vat filled with water to rescue a drowning playmate

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