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.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 54 millimetres
- Diameter: 218 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:
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 region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
Southern Song to Yuan dynasty, AD 1200–1300
Margaret Medley 1977 records: From the Mrs Alfred Clark Collection, acquired by anonymous gift in 1975.
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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Object reference number: RRC39273