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Moon flask

Photo: Paul Macapia

Moon flask

15th century

In the early 15th century, the volume of overseas trade was significant and Arabs were prominent in China, acting as interpreters for diplomats and traders, as well as overseeing observatories. This flask is evidence of the continuing dialogue between Middle Eastern and Chinese aesthetic traditions. Both the form and the interlaced floral medallion are Islamic in origin.

Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
11 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 4 1/8in. (29.2 x 20.6 x 10.5cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, Suntory Museum of Art, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", July 25 - September 6, 2009; Tour Schedule: Kobe City Museum, September 19 - December 6, 2009; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, December 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010; MOA Museum of Art, March 13 - May 9, 2010; Fukuoka Art Museum, May 23 - July 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Glaze, Pattern and Image: Decoration in Chinese Ceramics", September 7, 2002 - November 19, 2002

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective", December 22, 2007 - July 26, 2009 (12/22/2007 - 7/26/2009)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000 (2/17/2000 - 5/7/2000)

Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum, "Chinese Ceramics", 1952 (1952)

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, "Gift to a City: Masterworks from the Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection in the Seattle Art Museum", cat. # 43

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Inaugural exhibition in permanent galleries, 12/5/91 - 1/1992 (1991 - 1992)
Published ReferencesFinlay, Robert. "The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History". Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2010, illustrated pl. 13

Kawai, Masatomo, Yasuhiro Nishioka, Yukiko Sirahara, editors, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun, catalogue number 76

Emerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates, "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe", Seattle Art Museum, 2000, pg. 61

"Gift to a City" exhibition catalogue. Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1965, cat. no. 43

"Handbook, Seattle Art Museum: Selected Works from the Permanent Collections." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1951, p. 75 (b&w)

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