Fine Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Dish - Deer Pattern - Wanli
This fine-quality porcelain dish with a foliated rim was made at the famous Jingdezhen kilns during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. The porcelain is particularly translucent and the underglaze blue of good colour. The pattern features two deer standing in a landscape, one with head raised, the other with head lowered and looking back at the other deer. The border pattern features flower and peach sprays. The underside is decorated much more simply with a basic floral (?) pattern in five panels. There is kiln grit embedded within the glaze around the foot ring and "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge, features typical of this type of ware from this period.
The deer is a symbol of long life as it is said to be the only animal able to find the sacred fungus of immortality; the peach represents marriage, immortality and spring time.
Diameter 21 cm (8.25 inches). There are a couple of tiny "nibbles" at the rim edge, otherwise fine condition with no repair or restoration and a good ring when tapped.
For information: see also our other dish (stock number M0743) from the "Wanli Wreck", dated to c. 1625, that has a very similar although less refined pattern, suggesting that this pattern deteriorated and became simplified over the years.
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