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Porcelain square dish with flaring sides and slightly everted rim. There are is a pine tree, prunus, bamboo and lingzhi fungus in underglaze blue against a yellow overglaze enamel ground within a square panel in the centre. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Production date
Height: 49 millimetres
Width: 229 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566
Room 95 label text:
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a Jiajing reign mark in underglaze blue on the base. The iron-pigmented yellow colour has been added in a second lower-temperature firing surrounding the underglaze blue.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration and yellow glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
- On display (G95/dc21/sh4)
- Acquisition notes
- PDF card: Acquired before 1934
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