Dish with IHS monogram, armillary sphere, and Portuguese royal arms
- ca. 1520–40
- Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration (Jingdezhen ware)
- H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.); Gr. Diam. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm.)
- Credit Line:
- Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1967
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While the doglike lions illustrate a Chinese theme, the Portuguese coat of arms and the armillary sphere (a type of celestial globe) are often found on works made for Portugal in the early sixteenth century. The letters "I.H.S.," a well-known Latin reference to Jesus Christ, would later be adopted by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus founded in 1534) as a symbol for their order.