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Dish with Gardenia

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamel over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.28.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Pomegranate, persimmon, grapes, and lotus surround the gardenia in the center of this dish. All of the flowers are auspicious: the gardenia symbolizes honor and happiness because its Chinese name, furong, is a homonym for these virtues.
Marking: Hongxi mark and period
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