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dish

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1984,0202.33

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with 'kraak'-type underglaze blue decoration. The dish has low rounded sides, a broad everted rim and a tapering foot. The central cartouche shows two deer in a landscape and in the eight panels around the well are, clockwise: a chrysanthemum, butterfly, peony, double gourd, chrysanthemum, butterfly, peony and fan. The exterior is decorated with alternating large and small panels showing peaches or 'ruyi'. The foot ring is coarse and gritty and the base is glazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620 (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 27.5 centimetres
    • Height: 5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    Such 'kraak'-type dishes were exported to Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, as evidenced by their presence in the recovered cargoes of shipwrecks. A similarly decorated but larger dish was recovered from the San Diego, a Spanish warship, which sank on 14 December 1600 (see BM Franks. 1579). Indeed the distribution of this type of ceramic is incredibly wide. Seven shards of such a blue-and-white dish were excavated in Qal'at al-Bahrain on the Arab Gulf in the sultanate of Oman, which was in Portuguese hands during the sixteenth century.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 11:110 bibliographic details
    • Vainker 1991 p.148; fig.109 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1984

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1984,0202.33

Porcelain dish with kraak-type underglaze blue decoration.  The central cartouche shows two deer in a landscape and in the eight panels around the well are motifs such as, a chrysanthemum, butterfly, peony, double gourd and fan.  The exterior is decorated with panels showing peaches or ruyi.

Porcelain dish with kraak-type underglaze blue decoration. The central cartouche shows two deer in a landscape and in the eight panels around the well are motifs such as, a chrysanthemum, butterfly, peony, double gourd and fan. The exterior is decorated with panels showing peaches or ruyi.

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