Vase (meiping) with a scene from The West Chamber. Yuan dynasty, 1320-1350. Jingdezhen kilns, south China. Porcelain painted in cobalt blue. Height: 35.9 cm. From the W.W. Winkworth collection [2007]. Museum no. C.8-1952Victoria & Albert Museum, London © V&A Images

The West Chamber is a love story. This particular scene, in which a mistress beats her maid, would have been immediately recognisable to a 14th-century viewer. 

Exhibition HistoryPassion for Porcelain: Ceramic Masterpieces from the British Museum and V&A (National Museum of China, Beijing 22/06/2012-06/01/2013)