Chinese Ming Dynasty 16th Cent. Porcelain Bowl - Horses
This blue & white porcelain bowl was made during the early to mid 1500's at the Jingdezhen kilns in Jiangxi province. There is an almost identical example illustrated in the excellent book "Ming Ceramics in the British Museum" (ISBN 0-7141-1488-X) and we quote from that book: ". . . . It is decorated on the outside with four men on horseback interspersed with stylized clouds and rock and pine motifs. The inside shows an immortal riding on a stylized fish contained within a double ring." Their description goes on to say: "Such bowls were used domestically in China and were exported to countries in South-east Asia". This particular bowl is very well-travelled as we bought it from a collection in the USA !
Diameter 14.5 cm (5.75 inches). Although this bowl is in good condition, no repairs or restoration and a good ring when tapped, there are two areas to the inner mouth that have been ground down, obviously to remove kiln scars.
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