Yuan dynasty / Blue & White Dish / 14th centuryYuan dynasty
Blue & White Dish
14th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Yuan dynasty
Title: Blue & White Dish
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Porcelain
Materials and Techniques: porcelain with underglaze blue decor
Dimensions: H.2-5/8 x D.16-5/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 87.62
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund and Gift of the Director's Tour
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html
Style or Period: Yuan dynasty

Imported Chinese blue-and-white strongly influenced Middle Eastern ceramic traditions. This magnificent plate was produced in the great ceramic town of Ching-te-chen in southern China specifically for the Middle Eastern market. Near the beginning of the blue-and-white tradition, Middle Eastern merchants living in China, who understood the ceramic needs and decorative taste of the Islamic countries, most likely commissioned works like this. It was, for example, the custom to serve food from large plates in Islam but not in China. Likewise, the foliate rim and the densely painted floral decor executed with imported "Mohammadan blue" (cobalt oxide) were aimed specifically at Middle Eastern taste, which the Chinese considered somewhat vulgar during the fourteenth century.

AMICA ID: MIA_.87.62
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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