Plate with a vase of flowers
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Diameter: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
The vase, halberd (axe-headed weapon), and musical chimes on the plate’s central panel and rim are Chinese symbols carrying auspicious meanings: they form a rebus couplet suggesting "peace and good luck" (pingan jiqing) and "happiness and may all things be as you wish" (jiqing ruyi).
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