Chinese Ming Dynasty Hongzhi Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Horses
This attractively-shaped porcelain bowl was made during the Hongzhi reign (1488 - 1505) of the Ming Dynasty. The underglaze blue decoration around the outer wall features flying horses and clouds. To the inner centre is a conch shell. The horse represents speed and perseverance whilst the conch is a symbol of a prosperous voyage.
Diameter 14 cm (5.5 inches). This bowl is in fine condition with no restoration or repair and a good ring when tapped.
For information: similar examples were found in the cargo of the late 15th century "Lena Shoal" wreck and are illustrated in the book "Lost at Sea".
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