Dish with mandarin ducks and lotuses
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
first half of the 16th century
H. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2011
Thought to mate for life and die if separated, mandarin ducks are symbols of marital fidelity and often decorate wedding gifts. They are frequently depicted together with lotus flowers to symbolize a harmonious conjugal relationship.
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