Large & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Enamelled Porcelain Bowl - Buddhist
This large blue & white "Swatow" (or "Zhangzhou") porcelain bowl was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty.
Swatow, or Zhangzhou, ceramics were often exported to the South East Asian market; this particular example was excavated in present-day Cambodia. A common feature of such ware is the sand / kiln grit that adheres to the glaze on the underside as they were placed on sand in the kiln prior to firing.
It is coated in a thick crackled glaze. The underglaze blue decoration is fairly minimal, being restricted to the inside centre of the bowl and depicting a be-ribboned Buddhist lion-dog.
However, although many examples of this size and type with underglaze blue decoration are known, examples such as this, with additional coloured enamel decoration, are so much rarer. Different coloured enamels have different degrees of durability. The red is always the "softest" and does not generally survive as well as other coloured enamels. To both the inner and outer surfaces are remains of green and blue enamels depicting floral patterns. There are also faint traces of red enamels and if held at the correct angle in light, a "ghost" geometric pattern can be seen, this being further evidence of the original red enamel.
Diameter 21 cm (8.25 inches). Notwithstanding the loss and degradation of the enamels, this bowl is in fine condition with no repair or restoration.
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