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Yuan dynasty (1279?1368), mid-14th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Plate
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1334
Creation End Date: 1366
Creation Date: Yuan dynasty (1279?1368), mid-14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions: Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)

This splendid plate is an especially strong example of a distinctive group of heavily potted mid-fourteenth-century Chinese blue-and-white porcelains. It is charged with vitality. With unerring strokes of his cobalt-tipped brush, the artist has managed to portray a fish (probably a sea perch) swimming with great exuberance among aquatic plants. In the cavetto, the freely drawn lotus scroll?with its distinctive spiky leaves?is quite lively; the painting of the blossoms is particularly well done. The base of the plate is unglazed, and the unglazed body has burned a typical reddish brown.

The attribution of this plate and kindred wares is based on a pair of blue-and-white vases dated 1351 in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London . A fourteenth-century attribution was further confirmed in the early 1970s with the discovery of a large number of broken plates of this type in the ruins of a palace in Delhi that was destroyed in 1398. Recent finds at the Hutian kiln complex at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province document the area in which this type of porcelain was produced.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1987.10
Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.10
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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