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Title

Dish with design of He Xiangu

1621-1627


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Dish with the figure of He Xiangu


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province 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


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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