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Large porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling flowers around inside and outside, with a large central roundel with a bunch of lotus flowers and leaves tied with a ribbon. Band of waves on the flattened rim. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 444 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Gallery 95 Label text:
Large serving dish with lotus bouquet
This thickly-potted large serving dish is painted in the centre with a bouquet of lotus flowers, leaves and other water plants tied with a ribbon and a band of scrolling flowers around the inner well and outside. The rim shows a border of waves and the base is unglazed. Customers from the Middle East preferred large style serving dishes such as this for communal dining rather than small bowls of different sizes, which suited Chinese cuisine. Most of the porcelains traded in the early fifteenth century are of this robust, thick-walled type possibly because they withstood the sea and overland journeys better. The lotus bouquet motif was first used in the Northern Song dynasty (AD 960–1127) in for example carved stone evidenced by the twin towers of the Kaiyuan temple 開元寺 in Quanzhou 泉州.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24
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Object reference number: RRC39571
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