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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.221

  • Description

    Longquan ware porcelain dish with rim pierced with two pairs of holes mounted with copper alloy loop handles in floret-shaped fittings. The dish has a pale grey body and transparent greyish-green glaze. There are two fish in applied relief in the centre of the interior, and overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres
    • Diameter: 218 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A221

    Dish with moulded fish


    This dish has two moulded fish applied beneath the celadon glaze. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. The dish was originally fired with two holes on each side of the rim – presumably for metal handles. The original thirteenth century handles are lost. These handles were fitted in Japan in the Meiji period (AD1868–1912).


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, carved and with applied moulded decoration with celadon glaze and metal mounts
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Southern Song to Yuan dynasty, AD 1200–1300

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 1997 p.60, no.A221 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 pp 21-22, no.54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case3/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1977 records: From the Mrs Alfred Clark Collection, acquired by anonymous gift in 1975.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.221

Longquan ware porcelain dish. Rim pierced with two pairs of holes mounted with copper alloy loop handles in floret-shaped fittings. Two fish in applied relief in centre and carved overlapping lotus petals outside. Pale grey body covered with transparent greyish-green glaze.

Longquan ware porcelain dish. Rim pierced with two pairs of holes mounted with copper alloy loop handles in floret-shaped fittings. Two fish in applied relief in centre and carved overlapping lotus petals outside. Pale grey body covered with transparent greyish-green glaze.

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