Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl
This attractive blue and white porcelain bowl with flared rim was made during the late 15th - early 16th century. It is quite "heavily-potted" and coated in a crackled glaze. The outer wall is decorated in underglaze blue with a honeycomb pattern below which are lotus leaf panels. The central decoration is based upon the double-vajra (Buddhist sceptre) pattern.
Diameter 15 cm (6 inches). Condition is very good; there is a tiny rim chip but there is no repair or restoration.
For information: we show a very similar bowl that was excavated from the "Lena Shoal" shipwreck that has been dated to c. 1490 - 1500. The book of this shipwreck, "Lost at Sea" is a valuable dating reference and should be sought out by any collector of middle Ming period porcelain (ISBN 1-902699-35-1). We should stress that our example for sale here has not been recovered from a shipwreck.
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