A late Ming dynasty heavily potted porcelain dish made for export, probably to Sumatra. The decoration is in underglaze blue starting with a thin line around the outer edge, a double ring about a quarter of the way toward the center with grasses growing inward toward a large expressive carp. The style of painting with brush strokes not enclosed by lines is typical of the late Ming and the size and heaviness are typical of the export porcelain of the period to SouthEast Asia. The underside is decorated with a line around the outer rim, three groups of grasses growing there and a couple of rings around the wide foot. 5 7/8 inches (15 cm) diameter.
Condition: no chips cracks hairlines or repairs. The transparent glaze is heavily worn in the center, especially over the carp and in adjacent areas. It is also worn on the back. Firing flaws and inclusions are found in different parts of both the front and the back.
Painted in a free and flowing manner.