- Other Title
- Dish with the figure of He Xiangu
- Place where the work was made
- Tianqi 1621 - 1627 → Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
- Media category
- Materials used
- porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
- 3.4 x 16.0 cm
- Purchased 1966
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 137 (colour illus.).
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