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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.645

  • Description

    Large porcelain dish of kraak type. Underglaze blue outside with ogival panels containing various flower sprays. Alternating wide and narrow panels with fruit or flower sprays, with two panels with a fisherman carrying a fish on a pole. In the centre, a pair of kneeling figures, possibly Persian, wearing long robes and headdresses with a single feather.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1600-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Diameter: 457 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming/Qing ca. 1635-1650Room 95 label text:

    PDF C645

    Kraak dish depicting two Persian figures


    As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to the Middle East, Europe and Japan. This rare kraak dish is remarkable as it combines two Persian figures perhaps from a Mughul painting with Dutch tulips perhaps copied from a Dutch blue-and-white dish, with traditional Chinese landscapes.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD1600–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 194 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.110, no.C645 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.81, no.C645 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1976 records: Acquired in 1961. PDF card: Acquired 1961

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.645

Large porcelain dish of kraak type. Underglaze blue outside with ogival panels containing various flower sprays. Alternating wide and narrow panels with fruit or flower sprays, with two panels with a fisherman carrying a fish on a pole. In the centre, a pair of kneeling figures, possibly Persian, wearing long robes and headdresses with a single feather.

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