Bowl with two boys and foliage, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), 12th–13th century

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Bowl with two boys and foliage, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), 12th–13th century. Porcelain with incised and combed decoration under light-bluish glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware). H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. of foot: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011, 2011.201. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The deep conical bowl is finely and thinly potted, and is supported by a tapered foot. The incised and combed decoration, which fills the interior, shows two small, pudgy boys frolicking within a luxurious floral scroll. This scroll, which also contains peony blossoms, fills most of the interior of the dish with the exception of a small undecorated band at the rim. The base of the bowl is left partially unglazed. There are no marks or inscriptions on this bowl.