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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Chinese
Title:Dish with birds and flowering peony
Date Made:ca. 1605-1640 (Ming Dynasty, Wanli Period)
Type:Container
Materials:Hard-paste porcelain; with underglaze blue and feldspathic glaze (kraak ware)
Place Made:Asia; China; Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen
Measurements:Overall: 2 15/16 in x 13 15/16 in; 7.5 cm x 35.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  No inscriptions.
Accession Number:  MH 2014.10
Credit Line:Purchase with the Sylvia Ch'en Shangraw (Class of 1958) Chinese Art Memorial Fund
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Currently on view

Description:
Blue-and-white dish with flat rim. The border is divided into large panels (filled with auspicious symbols and sunflower motifs) and narrow panels (filled with beaded pendants and tassels). The central medallion is decorated with three birds in landscape with water.

Label Text:
This elegantly decorated dish belongs to a category of Chinese blue-and-white wares known as kraak porcelain. The term kraak porcelain is thought to derive from the Portuguese ships carracks that first arrived in the West with cargos of Chinese porcelain. Dishes like this were produced in vast numbers for export to the Near East, Africa, and the West in the early 17th century. Although the designs incorporated Chinese scenes and symbols, these wares were produced solely for export and designed specifically to appeal to the foreign market.

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dishes

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