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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.760

  • Description

    Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Covered with celadon-type greyish glaze and decorated in overglaze turquoise, black and red enamels with fish and shellfish among waves and waterweed in the centre and To finish

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 311 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A760

    Dish with dragons and celadon glaze


    Collectors and scholars called this type of ware ‘Swatow’ after an old Dutch transliteration of Shantou, a port in northern Guangong province, mistakenly believed to have been the port from which they were shipped. Merchants traded them 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 are two fish surrounded by waterweeds. 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.


    Porcelain with celadon-type glaze and 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 A760 not included bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.58, no.205 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.760

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Covered with celadon-type greyish glaze and decorated in overglaze turquoise, black and red enamels with fish and shellfish among waves and waterweed in the centre and To finish

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