Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl
This blue & white "Swatow" (or "Zhangzhou") porcelain bowl was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. Like most "Swatow" ware, it is fairly "heavily-potted", coated in a thick finely-crackled glaze and decorated in underglaze blue. The pattern surrounding the outer wall includes standing birds and lotus blossoms.
Swatow, or Zhangzhou, ceramics were often exported to the South East Asian market. A common feature of such ware is the sand / kiln grit that adheres to the foot.
This bowl was recovered from a shipwreck by Captain Michael Hatcher of "Hatcher Cargo" fame.
There is a small chip to the inner rim edge and the crackled glaze is very slightly stained in places. There is no repair or restoration.
Diameter 14.5 cm (5.75 inches).
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