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Porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted mouth rim. There are scrolling peaches and leaves in reserve against cobalt blue background on the exterior, and a peach tree, whose trunk has been shaped into the character for long life, with two lingzhi fungi at its base in reserve against cobalt blue background on the interior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 34 millimetres
- Diameter: 157 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Jiajing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Jiajing mark incised and painted in undergalze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Dish with longevity character
This dish is decorated with a peach tree whose trunk has been transformed into a longevity character. There are further peaches around the outside of the dish. This decoration is reserved in white on a blue ground. Chinese people read peaches as an emblem of long life. The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark beneath a blue glaze.
Porcelain with reserved decoration on a cobalt-blue ground
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted mouth rim. Decoration in reserve against cobalt blue background. Scrolling peaches and leaves on exterior; inside with a peach tree whose trunk has been shaped into the character for long life. Two lingzhi fungi are on each side of the tree. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38959
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