dish with outward-flaring lobed rim; underglaze blue decoration; small size; ring foot; three dragons around inner and outer rims; six character inscription on underside

Dish, 16th century

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Emperor Jiajing was a devout Daoist and Daoist symbolism became a common decorative element during his reign. In Daoist mythology, dragons were symbolic of yang, the male principle, spring, rain, and the East. This small dish shows dragons cavorting amid clouds. A unique feature for Jiajing period is the use of huiqing or ‘Mohammedan blue,’ a form of imported cobalt which is purplish-blue in color tone. However, this form of cobalt tended to smudge during the firing process. By mixing imported cobalt with cobalt was mined locally, potters were able to produce the bright blue seen here, while still maintaining the crisp quality of their painted designs.

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Dish
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Artist
Accession Number
2013.36.2
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dish with outward-flaring lobed rim; underglaze blue decoration; small size; ring foot; three dragons around inner and outer rims; six character inscription on underside