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An image of Dish with design of He Xiangu by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with design of He Xiangu
Other titles:
Dish with the figure of He Xiangu
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Tianqi 1621 - 1627Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration

3.4 x 16.0 cm

Purchased 1966
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

A type of export ware catering to Japanese taste was 'ko-sometsuke' (old blue-and-white) which is distinguished by its casual decoration, eccentric shapes and defective edges where the glaze has broken away (an effect prized by the Japanese, who term it 'mushikui', 'insect eaten'). The small dish depicts the Daoist Immortal He Xiangu who, according to popular legend, was a fairy whose diet of powdered mother-of-pearl and moonbeams gave her immortality. The seven-character poem has been translated as 'Born upon an auspicious cloud, she returns to the fairy grotto'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.137.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 137 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1966, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1967 -

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