Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamel over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
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.