Porcelain dish. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds and clover ferns. There is a mark on the base. Pair with A731.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Diameter: 172 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Jiajing mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Wucai dish with fish
Potters decorated this dish in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. The base carries an underglaze blue Jiajing reign mark. 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 underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
Porcelain saucer. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds and clover ferns. Mark on base. Pair with A731.
Copyright SOAS All rights reserved
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39639
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.