A Deep Ming Dish
China, Jiajing Period (1522 - 1566)
Diameter: 44 cm
The central design depicts a typical Chinese house, surrounded by rockwork formations and a garden with four birds on the grass under overhanging trees. The scalloped shaped rim is decorated with ships sailing between mountainous landscapes with Chinese pagodas and houses.
A near identical dish, though dated at the time as Wanli (1563 – 1620), from the Imperial Ottoman Museum, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) is depicted in Zimmermann’s early work of 1923 and states that this type of dish was made for the Persian market.
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