An image of Dish with design of He Xiangu

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Dish with design of He Xiangu

Other titles:
Dish with the figure of He Xiangu
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Tianqi 1621–1627
Year
1621-1627
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
Dimensions
3.4 x 16.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1966
Accession number
EC9.1966