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An image of Dish with single fish motif by

South China, China

Dish with single fish motif
Other titles:
Dish with moulded fish in centre enamelled orange, and with a 'hole bottom' foot
Place of origin
South ChinaChina
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
circa 1400
late 14th century-early 15th century
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).