Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type. There is a marine compass in red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels in the centre of the interior, the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate), others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches, a fish, wave, and boat on the cavetto, and eight Trigrams around the rim.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 90 millimetres
- Diameter: 388 millimetres
Inscription PositionIn the centre
Inscription TransliterationTai ji
Inscription TranslationThe Ultimate Principle
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Dish with flying phoenix
Merchants traded such dishes to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases. The designs are all rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes. In the centre of this dish is a marine compass with the characters太極 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. There is a fish and wave pattern with a boat in the cavetto and the Eight Trigrams around the rim.
Porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels
Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620
Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type, with red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Marine compass in centre, with the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. Fish, wave pattern and boat in the cavetto. Eight Trigrams around rim.
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