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Blue and White Plate with Designs of Immortals Riding Phoenixes surrounded by Heavenly Horses, Zhangzhou Kiln

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Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Dimensions: height: 8 cm; mouth diameter: 39 cm; foot diameter: 19 cm

This plate has an open mouth, arced walls, and a round foot. The interior, exterior, and underside are covered in a white glaze while the interior has blue designs. The interior walls have eight fan-shaped sections divided by floral designs; each section has a round reserved panel. The base of the interior has a large round center painted with immortals riding phoenixes. Around the central design are five fan-shaped panels, each featuring a flying heavenly horse. Sand has adhered to the bottom of the foot.

Made during the Wanli reign (1573–1620) of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), this plate is one in the immense quantities of “Clark ceramics” made at the Zhangzhou Kiln for the foreign market.

The plate was donated to the Palace Museum by Han Wai Toon (Han Huaizhun, 1892–1970).

Chinese entry by Zhao Xiaochun
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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