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Dish with Dragon and Phoenix

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli mark and period (1573–1620)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm0; Diam. of rim 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); Diam. of foot 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.118.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The five-clawed dragon, a symbol of the emperor, is paired here with the phoenix, often associated with the empress.
Marking: Wanli mark (six letters)
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