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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.768

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels. Inside, formalised lotus flower enclosed in double circle. Outside, design of five red fish above waves in blue, green and black. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521 (porcelain)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 198 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF A768

    Dish with fish among waves


    Chinese people regard fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. This dish has an apocryphal six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde period, AD 1506–1521

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 121 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.22, no.41 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.69, no.A768 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc27/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.768

Porcelain saucer dish. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels. Inside, formalised lotus flower enclosed in double circle. Outside, design of five red fish above waves in blue, green and black. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer dish. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels. Inside, formalised lotus flower enclosed in double circle. Outside, design of five red fish above waves in blue, green and black. Mark on base.

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