Dish with IHS monogram, armillary sphere, and Portuguese royal arms
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.)
Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1967
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
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.
Artist: After a design by Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1734–37Medium: Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)Accession: 68.153On view in:Gallery 201