Chinese Ming Dynasty Hongzhi Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Sanskrit
This porcelain bowl was made during the Hongzhi reign (1488 - 1505) of the Ming Dynasty. It is relatively "heavily-potted" and has a flared rim. The underglaze blue decoration comprises various floral, cloud and geometric patterns. Around the rim is a band of Sanskrit characters. To the inner foot are a couple of surface flakes, most likely from manufacture and so often seen on bowls of this type.
Diameter 15 cm (6 inches). This bowl is in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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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