The small 'hole bottom' dish decorated with a single fish, cleverly painted in iron glaze to stimulate a goldfish colour, must have been very popular. Large numbers have been excavated at sites throughout Southeast Asia, predominately in the Philippines at sites in southern Luzon and Manila.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.137.
Dish with moulded fish in centre enamelled orange, and with a 'hole bottom' foot
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
late 14th century-early 15th century
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration, unglazed fish painted with a brown iron wash, recessed 'hole-bottom' base
3.5 x 12.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Roxanna M Brown and Adrian Joseph (Editors), South-East Asian and Chinese Trade Pottery, Hong Kong, 1979. In this publication a work of similar style is illustrated, pg. 47, 50 (illus.), cat. no. 56.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 137 (colour illus.).