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  • Description

    Large porcelain dish with 'kraak'-type underglaze blue decoration. This large serving dish has rounded sides and a broad flat upturned rim with a bracket-lobed edge; it stands on a low tapering foot ring. Typically for this type of large dish, the base is smooth and unglazed. It is painted in 'kraak' style, with a deep blue design of a hare crouching on the bank of a river and a bird of prey swooping towards it. In the background are stylized rocks, trees and 'ruyi'-shaped swirls. Filling the space between the lobed frame surrounding this scene and the edge of the cavetto is a diaper pattern. The panelled cavetto and rim are treated as a single space and are covered with eight large radiating panels separated by narrower panels. Also depicted are opposing pairs of peonies, a gourd opposite a scroll, lychees and fans in the larger panels and knotted tassels in the narrower panels with diaper patterns above and below. Outside eight cartouches containing 'lingzhi' and a stylized flaming pearl are alternated with thinner panels containing elongated 'lingzhi'. This dish has been broken and repaired.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1590-1610 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 50.3 centimetres
    • Height: 9.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    'Kraak' porcelain was produced on a vast scale throughout the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Designs showing a hare and bird of prey as a central motif are less common than those depicting plants or other birds. Also the large size of this dish makes it most unusual. A dish of this size with similar border motifs but with a pair of mandarin ducks in the centre was recovered from the Witte Leeuw which sank in 1613 (see BM 1921.1107.1). Large serving vessels of this kind were known in Dutch as 'lampetschoteb'. They are quite rare. Unlike other 'kraak' wares, they have unglazed slightly convex bases with a V-shaped faceted foot ring which slants inwards.


  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2001 11:108 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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