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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.770

  • Description

    Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. In centre, Chinese mariner's compass motif enclosing characters Tai ji (supreme ultimate), surrounded by two dragons and two flying phoenixes among waves and flames in turquoise washes. Four roundels on diaper ground around rim, alternating with four floral panels.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 85 millimetres
    • Diameter: 385 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        In the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太極
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tai ji
      • Inscription Translation

        The Ultimate Principle
      • Inscription Comment

        In the centre 'taiji' (the Ultimate Principle), around the outer edge are 24 characters taken from the Ten Celestial Stems, the Twelve Terrestrial Branches and Eight Trigrams)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli (1573-1620) late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A770

    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) surrounded by two dragons and two flying phoenixes among waves and flames.


    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.69, no.A770 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 39-40, no.119 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.770

Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. In centre, Chinese mariner's compass motif enclosing characters Tai ji (supreme ultimate), surrounded by two dragons and two flying phoenixes among waves and flames in turquoise washes. Four roundels on diaper ground around rim, alternating with four floral panels.

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