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Title

Dish with design of He Xiangu

1621-1627

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Dish with the figure of He Xiangu
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Tianqi 1621 - 1627 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    1621-1627
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
    Dimensions
    3.4 x 16.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1966
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    EC9.1966
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

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    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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