Porcelain dish with low sides and everted mouth rim. There is a roundel of the 'Three Friends of Winter' (pine, plum and bamboo) in underglaze cobalt blue in the centre, a band of trellis patterns around the rim, and scrolling lotus flowers and a lappet band on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 31 millimetres
- Diameter: 174 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white dish with the ‘Three Friends of Winter’
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a six character Wanli reign mark in a rectangular frame on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Porcelain dish with low sides and everted mouth rim decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Roundel of the Three Friends of Winter (pine, plum and bamboo) in centre, with band of trellis patterns around the rim. Scrolling lotus flowers and lappet band on exterior. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38999
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